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White Christmas forecast: Will Denver see snow on the ground?

Posted at 11:39 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 01:41:32-05

DENVER – We are less than a week away from Christmas but the question remains: Will we see snow in Denver this year?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this year hasn't been the greatest when it comes to snowfall –  we’ve had less than 5 inches so far this year when we should be well into the two-digit mark by this point.

But two cold fronts appear to be changing things for the better – and for a better chance at a White Christmas, according to First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson.

The first cold front will bring between one-to-three inches of snow to the Denver area and up to six inches of snow for areas between 6,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation.

The second cold front, expected to arrive on Saturday, will bring very cold air – the coldest air so far this season – and is expected to drop between one-to-three inches of snow for Denver with six inches or more for the mountains.

Any snow that does fall will certainly stick around as very cold temperatures will cover Colorado through Christmas Day, Nelson said.

Christmas Day will also be dry and cold the highs bouncing back a bit to the middle 20s.

A First Action Alert Day has been issued for this Wednesday starting at 10 p.m. and lasting until Thursday night until 10 p.m.

By the way, this Wednesday, Dec. 20, Denver7 will be featuring our "HOLIDAY HOTLINE" from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Meteorologists from Metro State will be in the studio to provide free, custom weather forecasts to help you with your Christmas travel plans! Stay tuned for details!