Denver weather: Light snow on tap for Saturday night, a bigger storm set for Monday

Snow could make a return appearance Saturday night into Sunday morning, greeting some travelers returning home from the holiday weekend. But metro Denver should only see a dusting to a half inch, with a couple of inches possible in the foothills, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Boulder.

“It might get slick if you are doing some late-night driving tonight, especially in the foothills,” said Zach Hiris, a meteorologist with the NWS in Boulder. Snow should start falling a couple of hours after sunset in the foothills and make an appearance closer to midnight at lower elevations in the metro area.

Denver’s high temperature of 59 degrees on Saturday was a full 10 degrees above the average for the day, meaning roads will be warmer than usual once precipitation returns.

The storm won’t be a big one in terms of accumulation, nor will it usher in sharply colder temperatures, Hiris said. Tonight’s lows should remain in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Clear Creek and Gilpin counties could see up to two inches of snow.

“It won’t be a widespread travel impact night, but be responsible and take it slow,” Hiris advised.

Wind speeds were averaging 15 to 20 miles per hour in the metro area on Saturday afternoon, with gusts reaching 35 miles per hour, Hiris said. They signaled a cold front slipping down from the north. Another system could bring heavier snow and much colder temperatures Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

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