It’s beginning to look a lot like bone-chillingly cold Christmas in Denver

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The clock is ticking on Denver’s warm weather reprieve. By Thursday, residents will remember what month this is. And by Christmas Eve people will be unwrapping winter gear a day early.

A polar front will strike Thursday, reminding people how loud scratching ice off car windows can be, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Ah, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Backing up to Tuesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high temperature we’d normally expect in mid November — that is, around 54 degrees. A soft southwest breeze will usher in even warmer temperatures on Wednesday. The high will be around 62 degrees

A wind change late Wednesday will first bring rain at around 11 p.m. But after 1 a.m., the snow will start falling.

“Wednesday will be the final warm day before a chance of snow and cold temperatures throughout the region Thursday,” the weather service says.

Temperatures will plummet to around 21 degrees, which is only one degree lower than the high on Thursday of 22 degrees.

It will be breezy with wind gusts up to 22 mph. The chance for precipitation is 50 percent and up to a half inch of snow is expected Thursday morning.

The chance for snow increases to 70 percent Thursday. It will be blustery with wind speeds reaching 24 mph.

Sunshine for most of Friday will raise temperatures to almost the freezing mark at 31 degrees, the NWS says. Snow is likely, mainly after 11 p.m. Friday and on Saturday.

Saturday night will bring a reading to one degree below zero. On Christmas Eve the high will be about 19 degrees. On Christmas the high will climb to near 27 degrees, according to the weather service.

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