Bundle up: Here's when we're expecting subzero temps (and snow) in Denver this weekend

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Feb 11, 2021

DENVER — If you're tired of Denver's dry winter, don't get too excited for this weekend — yet.

We're almost certain to see some snow, starting Thursday night through Monday morning, with our best chances Saturday and Sunday. But how much we'll get, and where, remains uncertain, and Denver will likely miss any heavy snowfall.

We do know this: We're in for bitterly cold temperatures, likely falling below zero over the weekend.

Here's a timeline of what to expect:

Thursday night

The Eastern Plains could see some flurries as heavy fog develops overnight. And while it'll stay mostly dry across the Denver metro, temperatures will plummet, dropping to lows below 10 degrees in Denver and below zero further east on the plains. Oddly enough, the High Country will be warmer than the metro, as cold air is dense and does not flow uphill easily.

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Snow will develop in the mountains, dropping up to four inches along Interstate 70, with heavier amounts further north. The metro will remain mostly dry, though the foothills and northern counties could see some accumulation. Wind gusts in the mountains will likely make travel conditions difficult due to blowing snow.

Denver will remain cold Friday, with highs in the low 20s. Some snow could fall but no accumulation is expected.


In Denver, we'll wake up to another day of bitter temperatures, with lows below 10 degrees, while snow continues to fall in the mountains. If we see accumulating snow in Denver, it will likely begin Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Temperatures will continue to drop in the Denver area, flirting with below zero into the overnight hours.

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This is where the "fun" begins. Denver's expected to see a high of six degrees Sunday, with colder temperatures to the east. We'll likely drop below zero into Sunday night, with projected temps as low as minus-10 in Fort Collins, minus-12 on the plains in Fort Morgan and minus-3 in Denver.

Further east, Limon, Burlington and Wray could dip as low as minus-14, with Julesburg in far northeastern Colorado reaching minus-18.

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As for snow, the Front Range could see a couple more inches Sunday. The National Weather Service in Boulder on Thursday morning had guidance showing the snow could move out quickly over the weekend, though no big drying was expected to move into the area.

Temperatures will stay bitterly cold into Monday morning before warming up early next week.

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