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Denver weather: Cameron Peak wildfire smoke will make for a hot, hazy Labor Day

Smoke from the Cameron Peak wildfire is expected to choke a swatch of Colorado Monday, stretching from Fort Collins and Greeley to Boulder, Denver and as far south as Douglas County.

The smoke plume is expected to be just as bad Monday as it was Sunday, and it likely will center itself over the metro area for the second day in a row, causing hazy skies and bringing smoke and ash with it, Bob Kleyla, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said. High temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s.

Sunday’s high was 93, tying a record set in 2013, according to the National Weather Service.

But a cold front will move into the foothills and then the Front Range Monday night, Kleyla said. The front will start with rain Monday night and then transition to snow mid-to-late Tuesday morning.

“That will help flush out a lot of this smoke,” he said.

The Interstate 25 corridor and the Denver metro area could see up to 6 inches of snow, the forecast said. But most of it won’t stick, Kleyla said.

“Any snow that falls in the metro area will melt on concrete surfaces and the roads will just stay wet,” he said.

The biggest concern is snow piling onto trees that still have leaves, causing branches to snap. Those branches could fall on power lines and knock out electricity, Kleyla said.

The temperature will plummet and there will be a hard freeze on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Those with time to spare on Labor Day should bring plants inside and flush their sprinklers and hoses.

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