A blast of wintry weather is bearing down on Denver and the Front Range, bringing a good chance for snow to the metro area with temperatures that will plunge into the single digits.
The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday and running through 6 p.m. Wednesday.
There’s a 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after Tuesday afternoon in Denver. The temperature, which was in the mid-50s at 11 a.m., dropped to 19 degrees by 6 p.m. and was down to 15 degrees at 8 p.m., the weather service reports.
Snow had been falling in Fort Collins since late afternoon and was falling in Boulder Tuesday evening.
Total snow accumulation, if any, Tuesday in Denver should be less than ½ inch.
Overnight in Denver the temperature should drop to 10 degrees, with a wind chill value of minus 1 degree, the weather service reports. The overnight chance for snow in Denver is 90 percent and the city could see between 3 and 7 inches accumulation.
On Wednesday the wintry weather continues in Denver, with the high temperature expected to top out at 11 degrees sometime around 11 a.m., the weather service reports. Wednesday afternoon the temperature is expected to drop to about 6 degrees where it will hover for several hours. Wind chill values on Wednesday in Denver will be as low as minus 6 degrees, according to the forecast.
The record low temperature for Dec. 4 in Denver is minus 5 degrees, set in 2008 and 1909, according to the weather service. The normal high temperature for Denver on Dec. 4 is 44 degrees, with a normal low 18 degrees.
The chance of snow in Denver on Wednesday is 80 percent, with up to 4 inches of new accumulation possible. The chance of snow should decrease Wednesday afternoon.
The highest snow total in Denver on Dec. 4 occurred in 1913, when 20.9 inches of snow fell on the city, according to weather service records. That snow was part of the biggest blizzard to ever blanket the city. The 1913 snow storm started on Dec. 1 and finally wrapped up on Dec. 6. The storm of the century buried Denver in 45.7 inches by the time it finally let up.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is gearing up for the snowy weather. About 100 state plows are ready to work metro-area highways and roads, and crews are prepared for 12-hour shifts, CDOT said in a media release.
CDOT encourages drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions and to check www.cotrip.org, or call 511, for current road conditions and information.
Thursday’s Denver forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of snow and a high temperature of 11 degrees.
The daytime high temperature in Denver is not expected to get above the freezing mark through the weekend. Monday’s high temperature in Denver is expected to be 29 degrees, making it the warmest day in the extended forecast.
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