Denver weather: Near-record cold and snow will hit the city – The Denver Post

April 19 has been an active weather day in Denver history, snowing more than a foot on the date five times. This year could also make history as the city could set a new record low while snow pounds the city.

Denver on Monday will touch 45 degrees under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service (NWS.) Precipitation should begin to fall in the afternoon, strengthening after 3 p.m. There’s a 90% chance of precipitation with 25 mph wind gusts and a possibility of a half-inch of snow accumulation. After dark, snow will fall and be heavy at times. There could be gusts around 20 mph with up to seven inches of snow downtown and a near-record low of 16 degrees. The record is 13 degrees.

“A quick-moving upper trough will push two cold fronts into the area today,” Lisa Kriederman, a meteorologist with NWS wrote. “The first one will bring low clouds and patchy drizzle this morning to the plains. The second one this afternoon will spread snow, heavy at times, along the eastern slopes of the Front Range mountains and foothills and into the western urban corridor this evening as temperatures rapidly fall.”

Heavy snow and gusty winds are expected to make driving conditions difficult beginning around 3 p.m. this afternoon in the northern mountains and I-25 corridor north of Fort Collins, according to Kriederman. By 5 p.m., those difficult driving conditions are expected to spread south down the Front Range to the Palmer Divide.

“Eight to 14 inches of snow is expected in the higher mountains north of I-70, with four to eight inches along the urban corridor and one to four inches across the Eastern Plains,” Kreiderman wrote. “Areas west of the Divide will see less as well in this mostly upslope storm, with totals closer to 1 to 5 inches.”

Tuesday morning will be a tough drive with possibly icy roads and temperatures still below freezing. Eventually, the temperature will rise to 41 degrees under sunshine and the low will be 25 degrees.

There’s more light snow on the way Wednesday as the high reaches 40 degrees and the low drops to 27.

It’s shaping up to be a warm and dry weekend; temperatures could range into the 70s under the sun.

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