Dry, seasonal Christmas ahead of powerful winter storm

DENVER -- A white Christmas can be expected in the high country on Tuesday as scattered snow will be possible throughout the midday and afternoon hours.

In Denver, expect increasing clouds and highs in the low 40s. A few late-night snow showers can't be ruled out in the metro area by the start of Wednesday.

A powerful cold front will sweep through the state starting Wednesday, bringing heavy snowfall to the mountains and significantly cooler temperatures.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect through Thursday for the southwest mountains.

Expect periods of heavy snow Wednesday, Thursday and even into Friday morning. Totals will vary, with 8-16" for the southwest mountains.

Meanwhile, along the Front Range, snow will be possible Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Expect minimal accumulation over those three days for the Denver metro area and northern Interstate 25 corridor.

The highest totals will be along the eastern Plains, where a winter storm warning remains in effect until Thursday.

Travel will be very difficult along Interstates 70 and 76 into Kansas and Nebraska, as 4-8 inches of snow, 0.1 inch of ice and 40 mph-plus wind gusts will be possible.

Temperatures will stay on the cold side this week, maxing out in the 20s and 30s to end the week. Expect a gradual increase by the weekend, with seasonal highs returning Saturday and Sunday.

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We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

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