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Expect Denver metro snow on Thanksgiving evening

Below-freezing high temperatures are expected Friday and Saturday
Weather Alerts for Thanksgiving
Snow for Thanksgiving evening
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Posted at 12:45 PM, Nov 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-23 00:35:41-05

The Denver metro is experiencing its last day of unseasonably warm temperatures for a few days, as the state braces for the next snowstorm.

Temperatures on Wednesday reached into the upper 60s, even 70 degrees across the plains- our official high at DIA was 68 degrees. This time of year our afternoon high should be 50 degrees.

A snowstorm is heading our way though, and it's set to arrive in the Denver metro area on Thanksgiving evening.

Weather Alerts for Thanksgiving

"Winter comes knocking on our doorstep for Thanksgiving day, with high temperatures plummeting around 25-30 degrees relative to Wednesday in the wake of a morning cold front," NWS Boulder said.

The Denver area is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 8 p.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Saturday. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow is expected around Denver. A Winter Storm Warning for the foothills and western Front Range region, where 4 to 10 inches of snow is likely, going into place at 4 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Saturday. We will also see these high snow totals on the west side of the metro area from Golden to Arvada, into Lakewood and up to Boulder and Longmont. Lastly, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the eastern plains due to the chance for 4-8 inches of snow.

The NWS released the following graph showing snowfall probabilities between Thursday evening and Saturday evening.

Snowfall probabilities nov 2023

Snowfall intensity will likely be limited for lower elevations, especially east of Interstate 25. The foothills will see the greatest amount on Thursday evening — with possibly more than 6 inches of snow — and drivers should be aware that roads may be slippery along Highways 34, 36 and 14.

The snow will bring widespread travel impacts Thursday night into Friday morning and below-freezing temperatures are expected Friday into Saturday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said its crews will plow roads Thursday evening through the weekend along the I-70 corridor and mountain passes as well as lower elevations.

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"Regardless of the exact snow amounts, the cold remains the real kicker, and confidence is high that temperatures will not climb out of the 20s both Friday and Saturday," the NWS said.

Single-digit lows are possible for parts of the eastern plain and urban corridor Saturday morning. More dry and mild weather will move in on Sunday, but it will stay cooler than average.

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