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Snow finally in forecast for Denver — but not before record warmth

DENVER -- It has been an abnormally warm, dry fall in Denver and across the state, but some relief might be on the way.

But first, near-record warmth will hit Denver -- again -- the next two days.

Snow is in the forecast for Denver on Thursday afternoon. The city has gone 34 days -- since Oct. 12 -- without any moisture being recorded at the official reading station at Denver International Airport.

And that was only .01 of an inch. It's been since July since significant moisture fell in Denver.

On Wednesday, temperatures will surge to about 80 degrees. The record is 77 set in 1941. Southwest winds will also kick up.

Finally, a chance of rain and snow will move into the state on Thursday as a windy storm will move push into Colorado late Wednesday.

It will quickly move over the mountains on Thursday and arrive along the Front Range on Thursday afternoon.

Temperatures will quickly plunge, and winds will be strong in several areas. Up to 6 inches of snow are possible in the mountains.

Whether Denver gets any snow is all based on the timing of when the cold air arrives. As of Tuesday, it's not looking good because the storm is moving fast, and the ground is very warm and dry. Any snow that falls during daylight will melt.

With no snow forecast Wednesday, Denver will reach at least the third-latest first snowfall of the season, behind only Nov. 19, 1931, and Nov. 21, 1934.

Tuesday marks the fourth-latest first snowfall in Denver -- 2010, 1988, 1987, 1902.

If no snow is measured with this week's storm -- at least 0.1 of an inch has to be recorded at DIA -- then the record for the latest first snowfall will surely fall.