An arctic cold front is closing in on Colorado, and Denver and other cities are seeing another day with dangerously cold wind chills

An arctic cold front is closing in on Colorado, and Denver and other cities are seeing another day with dangerously cold wind chills

Blisteringly cold temperatures, strong winds and heavy mountain snow in Colorado won’t ease until midday Tuesday, and before that near-record low temperatures will be recorded Tuesday morning.

Winds from this Arctic cold front remain a major concern during the day and night Monday. A wind chill warning remains in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday for the Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins areas as well as all of the eastern Plains. Extreme cold chills down to -40 degrees are possible. Everyone within the warning area is strongly encouraged to avoid outdoor activities when possible. When outside, be sure to wear appropriate clothing including a hat and gloves. Frostbite on exposed skin can occur in less than 30 minutes in such conditions.

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If temperatures rise, Monday’s highs in metro Denver could reach 1 degree, but the wind chill will feel closer to 15 to 20 degrees below. On top of the bitter cold, snow will fall throughout the afternoon, before gradually tapering off. Metro Denver and the Front Range could see 1-3 inches of snow, with more accumulations in the eastern Plains and foothills.

In the mountains, wind and heavy snow are the big story during the start of the new week. At midday on Monday, many mountain highways and highways were cut off It was closed In parts of the high country.

The winter storm warning continues through Monday at 5 p.m. for most mountainous areas of the state. Areas north of Interstate 70 including Steamboat Springs, the Rocky Mountain National Park area, Winter Park and the Flat Tops will get at least another foot of snow Monday and Tuesday.

Avalanche danger remains high through Monday as well. Avalanche warnings remain in effect for most mountain areas until Monday at 5 p.m

As temperatures dropped Tuesday morning, some schools in the Denver metro area announced they would close. This included Jeffco Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek School District, Westminster Public Schools, and many others. Other districts announced delays, including the Boulder Valley School District. Colorado State University in Fort Collins canceled classes Tuesday. See the full list of school closures.

Conditions should improve statewide by Tuesday afternoon as temperatures should rise above freezing by the afternoon with a warming trend shortly thereafter.

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