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National Weather Service: Snow expected Thursday for Greeley, mountains

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

After more than a month of unseasonably warm and dry conditions in Colorado and Weld County, snow is in the forecast for Thursday.

On Tuesday, the high temperature in Greeley broke a record, hitting 77. That broke the old record for the date, when the mercury hit 75 degrees on Nov. 15, 1998. A high in the mid-70s is expected again on Wednesday. Still, National Weather Service forecasters expect to see Greeley's high drop into the mid-40s on Thursday, along with a 50 percent chance of rain and snow.

Forecasters say rain and snow could begin Wednesday night and continue throughout the day on Thursday, along with winds between 8-18 mph, though the most likely chance for snow comes toward the end of the day.

"It's looking like Thursday and Thursday night, that's kind of the window that we're looking at," said Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. "It's mainly going to be falling Thursday and Thursday evening." He said about 1-2 inches of snow is expected after the rain turns to snow in the afternoon and evening, though he noted the forecast is still in its initial stages.

In the mountains, Cooper said as little as 3 inches and as much as 7 inches is expected for the high country. However, the storm is expected to be a fast-moving one.

"It's not a big snow producer just because it's not around very long," he said. "It just kind of brushes across us."

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Sunny skies are expected Friday and Saturday, but the highs in Greeley will remain in the 40s.

Snow in Greeley

If snow does fall as forecast on Thursday, it will be the first snowfall of the season. The record for the latest first snowfall in Greeley came in 2005, when snow fell on Dec. 6, according to records from a weather monitoring station at the University of Northern Colorado that date back to 1967. So far this month, Greeley has seen 0.01 inches of precipitation. Average for the middle of November is 0.42 inches.