Denver weather today: Cool start to week, -50 wind chills on the way

The Denver area will begin the workweek in the mid-40s on Monday, the first of three cool-but-mild days before temperatures plummet into subzero territory Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service is calling for a high near 45 on Monday under mostly sunny skies, with winds in the 6 mph to 13 mph range and gusts as high as 23 mph. The low is expected to drop to around 18 on Monday night.

Tuesday should see partly sunny skies in Denver with a high near 44.

The forecast on Wednesday calls for a high of 41, but a 30% chance for snow after 11 a.m. as temperatures begin to fall.

Wednesday night, the National Weather Service says the likelihood of snow falling in Denver will increase to 80% and temperatures should fall more than 50 degrees from the day’s high to a low of -12.

The weather service has a Wind Child Watch in place from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 11 a.m. Friday, warning that dangerously cold winds could bring wind chills as low as -20 to -50 in Denver and across large swaths of central, east central, north central and northeast Colorado.

“The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes,” the National Weather Service warns.

Thursday is expected to see a daytime high of just -1 under partly sunny skies. Temperatures are expected to drop to around -10 on Thursday night.

Friday should see a relative warmup, with temperatures rising to 23 during the day with mostly sunny conditions.

The Christmas Eve forecast on Saturday calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 41, and Christmas Day should be mostly sunny as well with even warmer temperatures as highs are forecast to approach 50 in the Denver area.

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