DENVER -- The first snow of the season could arrive in just a few days in the Denver metro area with a strong cold front due to arrive late Sunday into Monday.
It will bring with it gusty winds and temperatures that will quickly fall into the 40s.
During the day Monday, rain showers will change to snow as temperatures continue to fall into the 30s.
The timing of the front is being watched closely because sometimes they arrive sooner than computer guidance predicts.
If the Rockies win the National League wild-card game Wednesday, their first playoff game at Coors Field will be Monday, making for an interesting situation.
Ahead of that big weather change, it will be partly to mostly cloudy on Wednesday from Denver to Boulder and Fort Collins with warmer temperatures into the low 70s. There's a 10 percent chance of an afternoon rain shower.
A front moves in Thursday and temperatures will start to go down. There is a 30 percent chance of afternoon rain showers Thursday.
On Friday, there will be fog and a 50 percent chance of rain showers with cooler highs around 58.
Expect 1-3 inches of snow in the central and northern mountains on Friday accompanied by 30-70 mph wind gusts, especially on the Continental Divide and Front Range high peaks.