DENVER -- A strong system will arrive late Sunday and with it, temperatures will tank and rain will be changing to snow for many in the Denver metro area on Monday.
Until the system arrives, there is time to get gardens, hoses, sprinklers and cars prepared.
Another round of morning fog and low clouds with some rain is possible early Friday. Temperatures will drop to close to 50.
Highs Friday climb to the lower 60s with a few scattered rain showers/thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.
For the peaks, 1 to 3 inches of snow in the mountains above 9,000 feet is possible.
Saturday will be the sunniest, driest and warmest day of the weekend. Highs will climb to near 80 with plenty of wind; gusts will get to to 75 mph on the Continental Divide.
The second and stronger cold front still looks to arrive late Sunday into Monday.
The wind will turn gusty and temperatures will quickly fall into the 40s for highs Monday.
Rain showers will change to snow on Monday as temperatures continue to fall.
The timing of the front is critical. If the coldest air arrives with the best moisture then some accumulating snow is possible. If not, Denver misses the snow accumulation and just gets the cold rain.
Those above 6,000 feet stand a good chance of accumulating snow regardless of the timing of the cold front.