Hurricane Irma Projected to Hit Florida this Weekend

MAP - Hurricane Irma Path - September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma continues its path through the Caribbean today as a category 5 storm - a major hurricane - with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

Irma is expected to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall that could produce flooding and mudslides to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Wednesday. Hurricane warnings are in effect for those areas, and officials warn that preparations for the storm's impacts should be completed quickly.

A Taste of Fall – Temperatures Around 70 Tuesday

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A cold front has descended across eastern Colorado which will drop Tuesdays high temperatures by 20 or more degrees compared to Monday.

While the northern and southern parts of the eastern plains can expect temperatures in the low to mid-70s, the central plains will be even cooler, with highs in the upper 60s. Across the area, look for cloudy conditions Tuesday morning that will gradually clear later in the day.

Hurricane Irma Reaches Category 5 – Continuing Toward US

MAP - Hurricane Irma Path - September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma continued to strengthen overnight and has now reached Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds at 175 miles per hour. While the storm's strength will fluctuate, it is expected to remain a Category 4 or 5 storm for several days.

The storm formed over the Atlantic Ocean last week, and rapidly became a major hurricane - those storms reaching Category 3 and above - as it tracks west.

Hurricane Irma Now Category 4 – Tracking Toward US

MAP - Hurricane Irma - September 4, 2017

Hurricane Irma, which formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean last week, continued to gain strength as it continues on a path that currently takes it towards the continental United States.

The storm reached Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale Monday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Irma is moving west at 13 mph. The storm is expected to remain on a westerly path into Tuesday before turning slightly toward the northwest later in the day.

Labor Day Weekend Weather Outlook – Hot and Dry

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The Labor Day weekend will be hot and dry across most of Colorado, though the eastern plains will see the first hint of fall Tuesday.

Eastern Colorado

An upper ridge building from the east Saturday will result in highs in the upper 80s to low 90s across eastern Colorado through the holiday Monday. Drier air will limit the potential for rain to mainly mountain areas where isolated afternoon and evening light rain is possible.

Northeast Colorado may see smoke in the air Saturday from fires in Montana.

Hot and Dry Weather Continues this Week

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Continued hot and mostly dry conditions will continue across most of Colorado to start the work week, though a few showers may be possible for the eastern half of the state.

Eastern Colorado

Temperatures will mainly be in the mid-80s for eastern Colorado Sunday. A cold front will be moving through the eastern part of the state from late morning through the early afternoon. Expect a few afternoon and evening storms over the higher elevations producing light to moderate rain and a potential for wind gusts to 40 miles per hour.