DENVER (KDVR) — It will be the calm before the storm in the Denver weather forecast before an arctic cold front brings snow and dangerously low temperatures. A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day has been issued for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Weather today: Mild with clouds
Tuesday will see highs in the mid-40s. It will be mild with some cloud cover and dry conditions. This will be the calm before a storm moves in and brings snow and extreme cold.
Weather tomorrow: Snow, dangerous cold
The mountains will be the first to see snow — some late Tuesday night and most by early Wednesday morning. By Wednesday evening, snow moves in from north to south as the cold front moves in, bringing a drastic temperature drop. The metro will be about 42 degrees at 2 p.m. Wednesday. By 7 p.m., temperatures will drop to the single digits.
The wind chill will be the most dangerous part of this storm system. A wind chill warning is in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Friday for the Denver metro area, Front Range and Eastern Plains.
Denver could see a wind chill of almost 40 degrees below zero, while the wind chill on the Eastern Plains could drop to 50 below zero. Wind gusts will be up to 40-45 mph in some areas.
Late Wednesday into Thursday morning will bring the biggest road impacts because of snow.
The Front Range and Eastern Plains can expect to see 1-4 inches of snow, with higher accumulation possible in some areas. The mountains could see 2-8 inches of snow.
Looking ahead: Sun, subzero temperatures
After 7 a.m. Thursday, the snow will break apart quickly and sunshine returns. But the cold remains, with subzero temperatures in the forecast until a rebound on Friday and more warming into the holiday weekend.