Following above-normal warmth to start the week, snow and freezing temperatures will return for Denver by late in the week.
Highs will climb into the 70s in Denver on Monday and Tuesday, rising about 10-15 degrees above normal. An area of high pressure will dominate, promoting the dry weather with partial sunshine and unusual warmth.
On Wednesday, the high will top out closer to normal in the lower 60s before drastic changes occur overnight. A powerful cold front will plow through the area, bringing rain followed by snow as the low plummets below freezing.
"Denver's first snow! #snow #1stsnow #notreadyforsnow #sopretty #nofilter #bestoftheday #picoftheday," said Instagram user melauder on Oct. 7, 2012.
Colder air will linger through the rest of the week with highs reaching only near freezing on Friday. The best chance of accumulating snow will occur during the day Friday.
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Gusty thunderstorms will target the northeastern United States on Monday, but will fail to sweep away the heat wave baking the region.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Downpours will spread from the lower Mississippi Valley to eastern and central Texas early this week, delivering needed rain but raising the concern for flash flooding.
A renewed risk of severe weather will threaten portions of the north-central United States early this week.
Much of Germany will get a shower or thunderstorm during the midweek as unsettled weather continues.
Thousands of structures, including a wildlife refuge home to more than 400 animals, are threatened by the Sand Fire in Southern California.
Sandusky, OH (1995)
3.22" of rain in less than 2 hours. Many roads were flooded.
Rowan, NC (1996)
4" of rain in 45 minutes.
Southern California (1996)
7-10 foot swells on the beaches from a powerful storm south of Tahiti. Life guards had to make more than 500 rescues due to the rough surf.