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The Big Chill hits Colorado!

Warm and windy gives way to cold and snow
Posted at 5:25 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 01:06:41-04

DENVER – Snow is on the way, after highs in the 80s Wednesday! A powerful cold front will bring a couple inches of snow and record-breaking low temperatures for Thursday and Friday.

Strong north winds signaled a big change in the weather as a powerful cold front raced through the state. Gusts of 40-50 mph and blowing dust accompanied the front. The cold air will sweep from the north and push temperatures below freezing after midnight. Expect a few rain showers first and then the rain will turn to snow by early Thursday morning with the roads mainly wet in the Metro Denver area and slushy in the mountains and foothills.

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Heavier snow could reach the Denver metro area by mid-morning or around noon on Thursday.

There will be a range of snow totals, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Front Range Urban Corridor and Palmer Divide for between 2 and 6 inches of snow; people on the plains should expect a trace to 2 inches. The foothills are looking at 4 to 8 inches; and people in the mountains should expect between 6 and 12 inches. The National Weather Service said trees that have not gone dormant and still have leaves could suffer broken branches.

As the snow moves out on Thursday afternoon, bitter cold and wind will move back in as skies clear overnight into Friday. Denver’s forecast low is in the teens and could break the record low for Friday of 22 degrees, set in 1946.

But the chilly weather won’t stick around too long. Highs this weekend in Denver will be back into the 60s. Mostly sunny and mild for the Broncos game on Sunday!

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