Sunny and dry ahead of 50-degree temperature drop, hard freeze, possible snow

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DENVER -- It will be warm and dry the next few days with highs of 75 to 80 degrees in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

A strong cold front arrives Wednesday night with a 50-degree temperature drop and hard freeze.

Snow will develop first in the mountains, then in the foothills and across the Front Range.

Snow continues off and on Thursday with 0-3 inches of accumulation and plenty of melting in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

The average first freeze in Denver is Oct. 7 and the average first snowfall is Oct. 18.

Temperatures will be in the 30s falling into the 20s by the afternoon commute. Overnight lows Thursday will be in the teens.

The mountains can expect 4-8 inches of snow accumulation by Friday morning.  Overnight lows Thursday could drop below zero.

Friday looks drier with sunshine taking over statewide. Temperatures will be in the 40s across the Front Range.

Sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 60s.

7-Day Forecast. Meteorologist Chris Tomer.

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We're tracking Denver weather today on FOX31 and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

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