DENVER (CBS4) – Get ready for a wild ride this weekend as a dynamic spring storm drops into the central and southern Rockies.

Before we get there we have a chance for a few strong and severe storms and more heavy rain.

Eastern Colorado could see a few strong to severe storms on Saturday, May 9. (credit: CBS)

Eastern Colorado could see a few strong to severe storms on Saturday, May 9. (credit: CBS)

A WILD RIDE THIS WEEKEND

During the day on Saturday a strong area of low pressure will move into the region and bring a variety of weather into the state.

On the eastern plains there is the potential to see a pretty significant severe weather outbreak as an area of low pressure strengthens and draws warm, moist air up from Texas.

That air will clash with a cold front coming in from the north.

The result will be showers and thunderstorms that could turn severe and produce everything from large damaging hail to tornadoes east of Interstate 25.

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A tornado spotted in a field near Yuma, Colorado on April 18, 2015. (credit: Sarah Onley)

A tornado spotted in a field near Yuma, Colorado on April 18, 2015. (credit: Sarah Onley)

As the cold air moves in rain will change to snow in the mountains and foothills on Saturday.

Denver, the I-25 corridor and the northeast plains may also see rain change to a heavy, wet snow Saturday night.

Accumulations above 7,000 feet could be significant with up to a foot or more.

Lower elevations could see several inches depending on how everything times out with the arrival of the cold air.

Snow accumulated on roses in Highlands Ranch during a Mother's Day snowstorm in 2014. (credit: Valentina Gatewood)

Snow accumulated on roses in Highlands Ranch during a Mother’s Day snowstorm in 2014. (credit: Valentina Gatewood)

By Monday morning, if skies clear, a hard freeze is possible.

Denver’s record low for Monday, May 11 is 28°F.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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