Will it rain or will it snow? A few degrees will make the difference Thursday if Denver’s going to get a dusting

Just don’t expect any school cancellations.
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Pigeons take refuge during a cold Monday evening on Colfax Avenue. Nov. 25, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A couple degrees could mean the difference between Denver's first snow of the season or some much needed rain.

A cold front will begin passing through most of Colorado Wednesday night. It'll drop temperatures below-freezing along the Front Range.

If Denver's first measurable amount of snow does fall Thursday, it will come almost a whole month and a half earlier than last year. Denver tied a disputable all-time record from 1887 for the latest first snow on Dec. 10, 2021 (though it had already surpassed every other modern streak on the books).

Meteorologists are uncertain whether that will bring rain or snow Thursday.

"Certainly looks like we could see some slushy accumulations across the metro, especially as you get closer to the foothills," National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Hiris said.

Even if some slush falls on Denver, Hiris said it likely won't be anything to write home about.

"Not really gonna be a widespread heavy precipitation event," Hiris said. "I  doubt we're gonna have any school cancellations or anything."

If lawns aren't covered in a dusting of snow Thursday morning, snow won't be far away for Denverites. Mountain communities along Interstate 70 are currently under a winter weather advisory and are expected to see between four to eight inches of snow through Thursday. Commuters along the interstate should plan on slippery and hazardous road conditions.

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