By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver
(DENVER, Colo.) Denver skies will be mostly sunny Wednesday followed by likely snow in the afternoon around 4 p.m.
The sun rose over the Mile High City at 7:21 a.m. Wednesday and is poised to set at 4:49 p.m. Clouds will increase and the high temperature will be around 40.
Breezy south-southwest winds of speeds from 9 to 18 mph will become north in the afternoon, with wind gusts potentially reaching as high as 28 mph. There is a 60% chance of precipitation, with the total daytime snow accumulation being less than a half-inch.
The air quality in Denver as of 9:40 a.m. was good, at 49 and posed little or no health risk. The primary pollutant in the air was Nitrogen Oxides which often are derived from fires, power plants and traffic.
The National Weather Service in Boulder is forecasting that snow will drop throughout Wednesday evening, mostly before 1 a.m., with a low temperature near 2. Wind chill will make the temperature feel like -7 as north northeast winds of speeds from 6 to 11 mph will become light east northeast following midnight.
Wind gusts may reach as high as 17 mph and there is a 90% chance of precipitation. There is a potential for snow accumulation to be around 1 to 2 inches in the evening.
There is a Winter Storm Warning in place for the north-central mountains close to Rabbit Ears Pass and I-70 Mountain Corridor until noon on Thursday in addition to a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for various parts of the valleys until noon Thursday and sections of the eastern plains until 3 a.m. Thursday.