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Hang onto your hats: Heavy snow possible

Don’t let the daffodils and sunshine fool you: Snow and cold aren’t done with Colorado yet, as a shot of wintry weather takes aim tonight and most of the day Wednesday.

Some forecasting models call for “heavy snowfall over the urban corridor, while others are warm enough for precipitation to remain in the form of rain,” the National Weather Service said Monday. Projections call for the the northern and central mountains and foothills above 6,000 feet to receive 1 to 2 feet of snow.

“There is still considerable uncertainty with the track of the storm, and any variation to this track will have extremely large implications on temperatures and the amount of snowfall,” according to the Weather Service.

Warm daytime temperatures mean the snow won’t stick around for long as temperatures return to the 60s in the Denver area by Friday, but it could prove to be a limb-breaker for budding trees and plants, forecasters warned.

The cold temperatures mean vegetables and flowers will need to be covered.

Today’s high in Denver is expected to be 53 degrees before noon, but then drop into the 30s as snow or rain begins in the afternoon. Temperatures could rise to the lower 40s Wednesday, before freezing temperatures Wednesday night, forecasters said.

While thoughts turn to spring after Mother’s Day, a last blast of cold would be right on time.

The average date for the last bout of freezing temperatures in Colorado is May 5, but in five of the past eight years, the last dip below 32 degrees came between May 10 and May 14, including on May 11 in 2003 and 2008, weather records show.

Denver typically sees about an inch of snow in May.The average date of the last snow in Denver is April 27. The last snow at Denver International Airport was May 10 in 2006 and 2003. The latest date for the last snow in Denver is June 12, 1947.

The average high temperature on this day is 69 degrees, with a record low of 28 set in 1948.

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