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Huge cold front affects the Front Range

Temperatures in the teens overnight for Denver
A very cold night
Posted at 10:31 AM, Dec 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-05 22:26:21-05

After highs in the mid 60s for the Denver metro today, a cold front raced through for Sunday afternoon and dropped our temps by about 35 degrees in a few hours.

High winds (40-50 mph) created a dust storm for the afternoon as the front passed through.

Overnight lows will fall into the teens in Denver and across the plains. Monday will start off dry statewide, with snow moving into the mountains later in the day, lasting through Tuesday.

The urban corridor will stay dry with this storm, but we could see around 2-4 inches of snow accumulate in our northern and central mountains- which is welcome news!

It is way too dry as many areas of eastern Colorado have not even seen the first official snowfall. Drought conditions have worsened across the plains and are now rated as "severe."

When we do finally see some snow in Denver, it will be the latest first snowfall ever on record. Denver has gone 227 days since the last snowfall. The longest streak on record is 235 days, set in 1887, although the National Weather Service is skeptical on the accuracy of such an old record. More recent records — kept since 1948 for downtown — show that the previous longest snowless streak was 211 days, set in 1977 and 1992.

Skies will clear on Wednesday with highs in the 50s. Dry and mild again Thursday, with our next chance for snow in Denver arriving Friday.

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