DENVER - Truly perfect weather covered Colorado on this Sunday! Mostly sunny skies, brushed with a few feathery cirrus clouds, combined with very pleasant temperatures! Highs reached the 60s and 70s on the plains, with 40s to low 50s in the mountains.
The weather will stay delightful through Monday, but Tuesday will be a very different story. Highs will again soar into the 60s and 70s over eastern Colorado tomorrow, with mainly 40s in the mountains. There will be an increase in clouds across the mountains and western valleys as the next storm system approaches.
That storm is now making landfall in California, bringing welcome rain and snow to the central and northern parts of that drought plagued state. Moderate to heavy rain is hitting north of San Francisco, with heavy snow coming down over the Sierras.
The storm will move into the Great Basin tomorrow and should bring rain and snow to the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City by late in the day. Ahead of the storm, we will be dry, but there will be an increase in clouds and winds during the afternoon.
The storm will plow into Colorado Monday night and bring heavy snow to the mountains through Tuesday. Winter Weather Advisories have been hoisted for the Central and Northern Mountains for late Monday through Tuesday 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 early Tuesday. Highs will only be around 40 degrees and snowfall will be 2-4 inches on Tuesday. 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.
This will be a fast mover once again, so the snow will end by Tuesday evening, followed by clearing skies. Wednesday will still be a bit cool, but temperatures should bounce back to the 60s by Thursday and Friday.