Snow ending, but the cold will hold!

Temperatures will drop below zero tonight

Snow totals ended up in the 2 to 4 inch range in the Denver area, with amounts of 4-8 inches in the foothills and close to a foot along the Continental Divide. Behind the snow will come the bitter cold! 

Expect readings Thursday morning of 5 to 10 below for the eastern plains and 15-25 below in the mountain valleys.  Gusty winds will continue overnight closer to the Nebraska and Kansas border and a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the far eastern counties tonight. The combination of cold and wind will make it feel like 20 to 25 below zero on exposed skin.

Denver will drop to around 5 below zero Thursday morning, making it the coldest morning in nearly 2 years! The last time temperatures were that cold was February 27, 2015 with a low of 6 below zero!

The worst of the cold will move to the east of Colorado starting Thursday afternoon with several days of moderating temperatures and dry weather expected for the plains.

In the mountains, it will be a different story as strong northwesterly jet stream winds will help usher in periods of snow through the weekend.  Although there are no advisories currently hoisted for the high country, it is likely that snow will fall off and on through Monday.

This long duration snow event for the mountains will probably add a few inches of snow each day for the next 4-5 days, accumulating to one to two feet by early next week!

This type of northwesterly jet stream pattern favors the peaks at the expense of the plains! Almost all of the moisture will be wrung out by the mountains, leaving Denver and the eastern plains with windy and milder weather with mainly high clouds.

There may be a little light snow in Denver on Sunday, but right now it will probably just be a few flurries.  By next Tuesday, the winds aloft will shift a bit and blow another surge of cold air down from Canada across the Midwest.  Eastern Colorado will be on the fringe of this cold wave, but we will likely see some light snow and colder temperatures - although not as chilly as the current cold spell.

We have you covered as the weather changes - remember our SnowCast App and our Storm Shield App.  In addition, Storm Shield PLUS can provide important information about approaching severe weather.  Go to StormShieldAlerts.com or call 877-438-4977 for more information.

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