Cooler air targets Denver on Saturday, snow in mountains

DENVER -- Denver has been soaking up the warmth this week with daily temperatures into the middle and upper 70s.

The warm stretch, which is 10 to 15 degrees above average, will be ending Saturday.

A system over the western U.S. and southwestern Canada will march through Colorado on Friday night and Saturday to bring back a taste of fall.

For warm weather fans, this impact will be brief as temperatures will rebound Sunday.

For most of the metro area, temperatures Saturday will stall out in the 50s and low 60s, which is about 20 degrees colder than where temperatures have been this week.

The cool down will come through on strong wind, and will bring rain and snow in some cases. Not everyone should expect moisture though.

For the central and northern mountain ranges, snow will arrive on the higher mountains Friday night.

By Saturday morning, a few inches of snow will be possible and this might have an impact on some early weekend travelers.

Around the metro area, a low chance of rain is in the forecast for Saturday.

Those who get a shower shouldn't expect much to fall. If the system slows down a bit, it could be late enough Saturday so colder temperatures might turn some of those few rain showers into snow.

Should that happen, western and southern sections of the metro area stand the best chance to see some flakes.

Only the Palmer Ridge and the western foothills would come away with a minor measurable amount.