Connor Melus, 8, left, and Samuel Bradshaw, 6, on Dec. 25, 2011, in Denver. This year’s forecast calls for a white Christmas, like last year.
Connor Melus, 8, left, and Samuel Bradshaw, 6, on Dec. 25, 2011, in Denver. This year's forecast calls for a white Christmas, like last year. (Denver Post file)

While Denverites may dream of a white Christmas, a very real northeast cold front is set to deliver one.

Snow is forecast to start falling Monday evening, and the forecast low is 11 degrees overnight. Christmas Day should be partly sunny with a high of 23 degrees.

The midnight flurries are expected to leave up to 3 inches of snow Tuesday morning, half the 6 inches of snow that was on the ground in Denver last Christmas Day.

The National Weather Service calls a Christmas "white" when more than an inch of new snow falls or when there is already an inch or more on the ground.

Though the ground may not have a thick enough cover for sledding or serious snow-fort building Tuesday, gently falling flurries will at least set the winter mood.

In 2010, the city was dry and snowless.

Metro Denver hasn't been hit by a heavy snowfall on Christmas Day since 2007, when 8 inches of snow broke the previous daily record of 7.8 inches. In 2006, a blizzard had already buried the city under 15 inches of ice and snow by the time Christmas arrived.

The past six years of snowfall on Christmas in Denver averaged 5.5 inches, according to the Weather Service.

The high country is expecting a white-out Christmas. A winter storm warning is in effect for elevations above 10,000 feet until Tuesday morning. Snow accumulations for Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, Telluride and Lake City could be anywhere from 6 to 10 inches, and accumulations in the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges could reach 1 foot.



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Bebida de Navidad.
Bebida de Navidad. (Viva Colorado)