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Heavy duty cold for Denver, heavy snow for the mountains

Arctic air grips Eastern Colorado, more moisture for the mountains
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Posted at 5:27 AM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 19:42:13-05

An arctic cold front has taken hold of eastern Colorado and will stick around for the rest of the work-week!

Temperatures dropped to 3 degrees below zero this morning, with wind chills around -15 to -25 degrees. Highs today only reached 9 degrees - breaking the record of 13 degrees for the coldest high temperature - set 2/22/1913

Light snow or flurries have been falling out of that frigid air, while much heavier snow is hitting the mountains. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect for the mountains. Accumulations of 6 to 12 inches of snow can be expected in the mountains along and north of I-25 and 12-18 inches for the southern mountain areas.

The snow will be much lighter for Denver and the plains. Periods of light snow can be expected in the Denver metro area off and on through Wednesday night. Total snowfall should be around 1 to 3 inches across the Denver metro area with an inch or so for the eastern plains.

Early Wednesday will be bitter cold with morning lows 5 below to 5 above and highs in the teens. Periods of light snow or flurries can be expected.

Thursday will stay quite cold with lows near zero and highs around 20 degrees.

The cold will begin to ease on Friday with partly cloudy skies and highs near 30 degrees. Temperatures will finally get above freezing on Saturday with readings in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Sunday will be dry and mild with highs in the lower 50s and Monday and Tuesday of next week will finally return to the upper 50s and lower 60s!

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