A warmer start to the week Monday will be cut short Tuesday as a winter storm system rips through the area in the morning, bringing 90% snow chances and up to 3 inches of snow in Denver.

Monday will be a typical late November day, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Boulder said, as it will be mostly sunny with a high of 54 degrees. Clouds will start increasing throughout the day into the evening as the winter weather system advances.

Snow will begin falling in the high country in Jackson and Grand counties early Monday afternoon before making its way south to the Interstate 70 corridor mountains by late afternoon.

There is a potential for a snow squall in the high country as the system moves through the area, but forecasters said any squall would likely happen overnight. The mountains are on track to receive 5 to 10 inches of snow in most areas, with the highest elevations possibly picking up 12 to 18 inches of snow.

The snow will hit Denver likely either right before or during the morning rush hour Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for much of the Front Range from Fort Collins to Denver most of Tuesday morning, and forecasters are expecting above average travel impacts due to the timing of the snow’s arrival and the cold temperatures.

The high Tuesday is only 24 degrees.

The snow will clear out pretty well Tuesday evening; the fresh snow on the ground will help temperatures in the mountains drop below zero and close to zero on the plains. Denver’s low Tuesday night is 10 degrees.

Wednesday will warm up significantly from Tuesday, with a sunny day and a high of 38 degrees, then its back to the 50s to end the week.

Thursday’s high is 51 degrees, with a low of 30 degrees, and Friday’s high is 55 degrees.

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