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Cold fronts to bring snow, bitterly cold temperatures to Front Range

DENVER -- Two cold fronts will move into the Denver metro area and the Front Range this week, bringing snow, wind and bitterly cold temperatures.

The initial cold front arrived in Denver just before 3 p.m. Temperatures dropped by a dozen degrees within an hour as the front pushed through.

The wind howled and that’s part of the same system to deliver a wintry punch to the state through Wednesday.

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Denver’s best chance of snowfall will be late Tuesday into early Wednesday. There might be isolated snow showers around before and after, but that time frame is most likely for accumulation and slick roads.

Wednesday morning, drivers are the most likely to be impacted.

Until the snow arrives, the cold and wind will be the big story. Denver will not climb back above freezing until Friday.

Tuesday will be in the upper 20s as clouds increase and snow develops. The snow chance continues through midday Wednesday, then the sky will begin to clear.

Denver International Airport might be as cold as minus-5 Thursday morning if the sky can clear enough with calm wind.

Sunshine returns Friday and temperatures will rise into the 40s. Saturday will be dry with another chance of snow moving back in on Sunday and highs only in the 30s.