By Ed Greene

DENVER (CBS4) – Monday, a strong cold front moved through the greater metro area late in the afternoon: at 3pm the temperature at the airport was right at 50 degrees and one hour later, at 4pm, the temperature had fallen 19 degrees to 31! Those gusty winds we had all day Monday will dies down overnight with the Denver low dropping to around 12 degrees…with a high on Tuesday only reaching 28. We’ll start Tuesday with some sunshine with increasing clouds and snow developing by afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the greater Denver metro area from 5pm Tuesday through Noon on Wednesday. Snow will continue overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday with storms totals in the 2 to 5 inch range. As we told you last week, the snow would not be heavy and not what your remember with this storm…it’s the cold air you will. The high on Wednesday will only reach the mid teens. Then as the snow ends Wednesday afternoon, the skies will begin to clear and the low for Thursday morning will plunge to 5 below zero. And if we indeed do drop below zero, it will be the first time we have since February 27 of 2015…nearly two years ago!

Thursday will be sunny, but still cold with a high in the low 20s. A good recovery as we head toward the weekend: Mostly sunny Friday with a high warming into the mid 40s; partly cloudy Saturday with a high in the upper 40s.

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