Dangerous winds blow during Tuesday in Denver, and heavy snow in the Colorado mountains

Dangerous winds blow during Tuesday in Denver, and heavy snow in the Colorado mountains

DENVER — Colorado is about halfway through an extreme cold blast that is bringing the lowest temperatures and dangerous wind chills to the state, including the Denver metro area.

This winter weather, which only occurs twice a year, according to meteorologists, has caused temperatures to drop below zero and will remain until at least Tuesday morning.

Low temperatures and frigid winds are the main concern for meteorologists, but the storm system continues to dump heavy snow on Colorado’s mountains.

Multiple winter weather advisories remain in effect and have been extended by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder.

“No matter what you do or where you are in Colorado, you’ll want to layer up and protect any exposed skin. It’s still going to be very cold again today,” Denver 7 weather forecaster Katie LaSalle said.

NWS Boulder

The National Weather Service warned that a wind chill advisory went into effect early this weekend and will remain in effect until at least Tuesday at 11 a.m. when the wind chill will drop in some places to 35 degrees below zero in Colorado.

“Dangerously cold wind chills may cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes,” the National Weather Service said in its alert. “When outside, be sure to wear several layers of appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves. Take precautions now to provide shelter for animals outdoors.

A winter storm warning is now in effect until at least 5 p.m. Monday for higher elevations where additional snow accumulation is likely to range from 4 to 26 inches, the National Weather Service said.

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In addition to the heavy snow, wind gusts of up to 60 mph were possible making travel difficult in some areas near Rabbit Ears Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park, Medicine Bow Range, Mountains of Summit County, Indian Peak, and Mosquito Range, according to meteorologists.

“Mountain snowfall will become heaviest this morning in the mountains with the greatest amounts ranging from 6 to 12 inches just before noon at elevations above 9,500 feet,” the National Weather Service said in discussing the forecast Sunday morning.

The highest amount of snowfall was reported in Colorado in the past 24 hours

  • 5 miles west of Green Mountain Reservoir: 36 inches
  • 4 miles southeast of Jebel Zirkal: 31.5″
  • 3 miles northeast of Mount Audubon: 27 inches
  • 4 miles NNW Longs Peak: 25.5″
  • Near aisle rabbit ears: 25.5 inches
  • 9 miles SSE Spicer, Colorado: 24 inches
  • 6 miles west of Arapahoe Peak: 22.5 inches

24-hour snowfall reports along the Urban Corridor, Front Range:

  • 2 miles west of Boulder: 3.4 inches
  • Near Millikin: 3″
  • 2 miles northwest of Lafayette: 2.5 inches
  • 3 miles northwest of Marshall: 2.2 inches
  • 3 miles northeast of Fort Collins: 2.1 inches
  • Close to newt: 1.9 inches
  • Arvada: 1.8″
  • Near Westminster: 1.8 inches
  • 3 miles south of Federal Heights: 1.5 inches
  • Near Brighton: 1″
  • Denver International Airport: .9″
  • 5 miles northeast of Parker: 0.8 inch

Denver temperature schedule

Denver woke up to below-zero temperatures Sunday morning, while temperatures were well below zero in the eastern Plains. Temperatures will remain in the single digits across much of the metro and remain below zero in the Plains, according to a Sunday morning update from the NWS.

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On Monday in Denver, the overnight low temperature drops to -10 degrees, and the afternoon high is expected to reach just 0 degrees with the possibility of snow again.

Temperatures will finally rise above the freezing mark, but not until Wednesday.

The high temperature in Denver on Tuesday will be 22 degrees and then milder conditions will arrive on Wednesday with a high of 40 degrees with more sun. Temperatures drop back into the lower 30s for the rest of the week and reach the low 40s again by Saturday.


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Severe wind chills forecast for Colorado

By Sunday afternoon in Denver, the combination of wind and actual temperature is expected to bring the wind chill down to -13 degrees, hovering in the negative average all day. The wind chill in Denver will remain well below zero through noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, including readings of -16 degrees Monday morning and dropping further to -22 degrees Tuesday morning.

“Limit yourself outside as much as possible,” Greg Hefner, a meteorologist coordinating the NWS warning, said Friday. “Temperatures will not return to above freezing until Tuesday at the earliest.”

The National Weather Service expected light snow to fall in the mountains on Saturday, with heavy snowfall returning late Sunday. It warned that whiteout conditions could occur on high mountain passes at times through Monday.

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Some areas of Colorado’s mountains will see feet of snow over the weekend as the NWS extends a winter storm warning. Travel conditions in some parts of the Front Range can become hazardous with snowfall accumulating on roads and temperatures staying well below the freezing mark for several days.

Counties under Colorado’s winter storm warning include parts of Jackson, Larimer, Grand, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Summit and Park counties.

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