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    Denver on the Outskirts of Cold Core This Winter

    By By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
    October 12, 2011, 2:18:30 PM EDT

    The AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team has Denver right on the outer fringe of the core of cold weather this winter with shots of arctic air occasionally blasting in. As for snow, January looks to be the ripe month.

    Temperatures are projected to average slightly below normal in Denver in December and January, as bitterly cold air pooling over the North Central U.S. occasionally spills south.

    Later in the season, that cold air is expected to shift over the northern Rockies, having less of an influence on the Mile High City with temperatures averaging closer to normal in February.

    A chillier start and more seasonable end to winter for Denver would be in contrast to last winter, which featured a mild December and frigid February.

    Since most storms are forecast to bypass Colorado well off to the north and east, December is expected to be a drier month, according to the Long-Range Forecasting Team.

    However, winter weather enthusiasts can look forward to more opportunities for snow in January as storm systems start forming more often in the lee of the southern Rockies over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Storm systems that develop in that area have the ability to bring snow into Denver on their northwestern flank.

    Precipitation is predicted to be above normal in Denver in January then near to slightly below normal in February.

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