By Ashton Altieri

DENVER (CBS4) – The combination of a back door cold front and moisture packed disturbance pushing in from the northwest will dramatically change our weather for Friday and the weekend.  The front will arrive by mid to late morning and could cause some freezing drizzle. The problem is moisture. There will be very little available moisture of if any freezing drizzle manages to develop in the metro area Friday, Friday night, or Saturday morning, we do not expect any ice accumulation.

Meanwhile snow will increase in the mountains Friday night into Saturday with a total of 4-8 inches for most areas above 9,500 feet by late Saturday.

For Denver and the Front Range, after the slight chance for freezing drizzle ends Saturday morning, it will be quickly replaced with a good chance for snow Saturday afternoon. At this time we expect up to 3″ of accumulation with the highest amounts south of I-70 and especially from Douglas County south to Colorado Springs. Locations farther north including Larimer and Weld Counties will likely experience snow but very little if any accumulation.

31 Cold Wave With Drizzle And Snow Coming

The other story is the cold. High temperatures on Saturday will stay in the 20s around Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins and some locations will drop into the single digits Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon will bring a return of sunshine and somewhat warmer temperatures in the mid 40s.

5day Cold Wave With Drizzle And Snow Coming

snowpack Cold Wave With Drizzle And Snow Coming

Ashton Altieri is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Watch him on the CBS4 Morning News weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Connect with Ashton on Facebook and on Twitter @AshtonCBS4.

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