DENVER - Monday brought an encore performance of the sunny, warm and dry weather we enjoyed on Sunday. Tuesday will bring down the curtain, temporarily, on this popular show of delightful days.
A storm system has pushed in from the Pacific Coast and is now bringing rain and snow to Utah and Idaho. That storm will move into western Colorado tonight and across the eastern plains on Tuesday.
The storm will bring moderate to heavy snow to the mountains through Tuesday. Winter Weather Advisories have been hoisted for the Central and Northern Mountains for tonight through tomorrow afternoon. Snowfall should be in the 6-12 inch range, with perhaps a little less in the San Juans.
Denver and the eastern plains will see much colder weather and rain changing quickly to snow by midday Tuesday. Highs will only be around 40 degrees and snowfall will be around 1-3 inches Tuesday afternoon and early evening. Expect the high temperature in the early morning hours and drop throughout the day with afternoon temps in the 30s.
The road surfaces will be warm, so much of the snow will melt on the highways, but western and southern parts of the metro area may get slushy. Tuesday evening could get slick for the drive home as temperatures should dip below freezing by about 3 PM.
This will be a fast moving storm, so the snow will end Tuesday evening, followed by clearing skies. Wednesday will still be a bit cool, but temperatures should bounce back to around 60 Thursday and Friday.
Another fast moving storm may bring some light rain and snow to Colorado on Saturday, but it does not look like a very powerful system. Sunday and early next week will return to warm and dry!