Temperatures plunge into Thursday morning

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DENVER -- A storm that brought light snow across the Denver metro area and the Front Range began moving out Wednesday, but bitter cold temperatures remained.

A very cold night is on tap for the mountains and Front Range, with most of Colorado falling below zero.

Air temperatures of minus-15 to minus-30 are possible in the mountains with wind chills of minus-40.  Denver will drop to minus-9 with "feels like" temperatures of minus-15 to minus-20 degrees.

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A persistent northwest flow will bring on-and-off snow to the mountains on Thursday and Friday. Accumulations of 2-4 inches each day are expected at the central and northern mountain ski areas.  A more generous mountain snow arrives Saturday and Sunday.

Snowfall totals Wednesday were mostly light, from 1.3 inches at Denver International Airport to 1 inch in downtown Denver to 9 inches in Boulder.

Roads were icy and slick in many places, with some accidents and spin-outs reported during the day Wednesday.

Conditions were good at DIA, with light, dry snow in places. Anti-ice chemicals have been used and airlines were deicing planes before takeoffs on Wednesday morning.

Passengers should allow extra time to reach the airport because of snowy and icy roads.

As the skies clear, temperatures will plunge, Denver's high was only expected to reach 15 on Wednesday.

In the mountains, snow also tapered off around  midday. Highs were in the teens.

Saturday appears dry across the Front Range with snow in the mountains.  Highs will climb to about 50. But a cold front races in Sunday with 1-3 inches of snowfall for Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Highs will drop into the 30s.

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