Denver is almost certain to get its second snow of the season over the next few days. The storm will be the first time this season a significant amount of powder will fall downtown.
According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will be sunny on Thursday with a high of 50 degrees. Winds could gust to 40 mph in the afternoon, and in the high country, the wind could howl to 80 mph. The winds will slow down around sunset as temperatures dip to 26 degrees and the gusts decrease to 25 mph.
Thursday will be an appetizer to what’s coming in the mountains, as light snow and blowing snow will make travel difficult.
Denver will end 2021 with a snow day. There’s a 50% chance of snow, mainly after 11 a.m., as about one inch will fall during the day. Winds will stay gusting over 20 mph. As the calendar turns, the temperature will plunge to 11 degrees overnight, and the snow will pick up. The chance for snow increases to 90% Friday night with an accumulation of three to five inches downtown.
In the mountains, snow will continue through Saturday morning, with two feet possible across Rocky Mountain National Park and the Park Range. There will be difficult travel conditions essentially statewide Friday night, with the snow slowing on Saturday. Along with the flakes, frigid temperatures with wind chills reaching below zero Friday night and
Saturday night will move in with this storm.
New Year’s Day downtown will have a high of 19 degrees, with a 60% chance of snow mainly before lunch. Saturday night will see the mercury fall to a measly one degree.
Those hitting the slopes or going for a weekend getaway in the hills for the holiday need to be prepared for dangerous driving conditions. That means possible below zero temperatures and possibly feet of new snow on back roads.
Temperatures will begin to warm up Sunday with highs in the 40s and back into the 50s by early next week.
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