Denver weather: A chance of snow is now in the forecast

Denver could see a few flakes later this week, according to forecasters. The season’s first freeze and snow are now probable before week’s end, making for a stark departure from the mild days the city’s seen lately.

The National Weather Service in Boulder predicts Denver will top out at 63 degrees on Tuesday under increasing clouds. Downtown has a 40% chance of lunchtime showers, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Winds could be as high as 31 mph, with 55 mph gusts on the plains and 75 mph evening gusts in the foothills. Nighttime will also bring a low of 37 degrees and a 20% chance of showers around sunset. Winds could gust near 35 mph tonight.

Tuesday’s storm system will be memorable by the winds for many but snow accumulation of three to eight inches in the mountains is possible. Thunderstorms are possible over the plains in the afternoon.

Wednesday should be pleasant, with a high of 62 degrees and sunny skies. The mercury will drop to 34 degrees with some clouds overnight. Winds could gust over 15 mph once again.

Thursday should be chilly, with the sun peaking its head out and a high of 52 degrees. There’s a 60% chance of precipitation, rising to 80% after sunset as temperatures dip below freezing to 28 degrees.

Snow is most likely in the early hours of Friday, with a 40% chance before the sun warms things into the 50s. Friday night could also dip below 32 degrees.

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