In the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," a super storm sweeping across the nation brings with it a dramatic drop in temperatures.

Well, that's about to happen this week.

While the temperature dip won't be as cataclysmic as in the film, the forecast drop from a high of near 80 on Tuesday to lows in the teens by Thursday night may surprise some.

That's because of an Arctic cold front that is coming our way starting later today, said Jeff Colton, warning coordination meteorologist for the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service.

"It's coming. We have a real strong cold front that's going to be sweeping through the area (tonight) into Thursday, and temperatures are going to be rapidly dropping," Colton said. "The high temperature on Thursday looks like it'll be in the 40s."

While that cold front isn't expected to bring a lot of precipitation to the Grand Valley, it could leave a few inches of snow in the high country, including on Grand Mesa, Colton said.

He said tonight's temperatures could dip into the low 30s, with a high in the upper 40s on Thursday. But it's Thursday night that people should be more concerned with, Colton said. That's when those temperatures could reach into the mid-teens.

"Thursday afternoon, all the clouds are going to clear out and that's going to set the stage for a real cold night Thursday through Friday morning," he said. "It's going to be a hard freeze. It will be a season-ending freeze."

Depending on when it comes, those lows could even break a record, he said.

Colton said Fruita will be colder than Palisade, but both ends of the valley will be in that hard freeze.

Colton said the western part of Colorado will be seeing the trailing edge of the cold front. As a result, it won't last long. Temperatures are expected to get back into the 60s by the weekend, he said.

Still, getting ready for Thursday's pending cold should prompt area residents to take some precautions, not the least of which is to drain those swamp coolers and cover or bring inside delicate plants. Colton said the generally warmer ground temperatures should prevent an inversion from taking hold.

Some area wineries already are in panic mode in trying to bring in the rest of their harvests.

At Red Fox Cellars in Palisade, for example, the owners made an impassioned plea on social media a few days ago asking for help in bringing in the last of its grapes.

The vineyard reported Monday on Facebook that a number of people did respond to its plea, which included such Twitter handles as #RaceAgainstTheFreeze, #AllHandsOnDeck and #BabiesCanHarvestToo.

A number of Palisade vineyards were abuzz with activity Tuesday, with workers trying to finish projects before the cold front hit the region.

The Mesa County Health Department also issued a few cautions of its own.

"With the cooler weather heading our way, Mesa County Public Health encourages all residents to check to see if they have an EPA-certified wood stove, which burns more cleanly," said department spokeswoman Amanda Mayle.

"Additionally, the storm is expected to bring relatively strong winds, which means we will have good air exchange," she said.

The department had issued several no-burn advisories over the past week, but the last one was lifted as of Monday evening. The department monitors weather conditions daily before deciding if a no-burn ban is needed.

"That good air exchange is good for air quality," Mayle said. "However, residents with burn permits should check the conditions on health.mesacounty.us to make sure there isn't a no-burn advisory in place."

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