Winter arrives in Colorado on summer's last weekend

Posted at 6:48 PM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 20:49:53-04

DENVER – This weekend was summer’s last chance to shine in Colorado, but instead winter crashed the party.

Colorado’s high country got its first significant snowfall Saturday when a cold front moved into the area overnight.

The Colorado State Patrol tweeted a photo of the snowfall from Eisenhower Tunnel early Saturday morning, noting it was time for drivers to prepare for winter driving in the high country.

Arapahoe Basin shared photos of winter’s preview as well. Snow fell on the base area to the summit and got the ski area stoked for the upcoming season. Arapahoe Basin said its last day for summer operations is Sunday.

The front that brought snow to the mountains brought cooler temperatures to the lower elevations. Temperatures dropped down into the upper 60s and 70s in Denver Saturday and it will remain cool through the weekend.

But don’t get used to what we saw Saturday. This weekend’s snowfall was just a sample of what’s to come. Warmer weather will return early next week with highs back in the 80s Monday and Tuesday. See the full forecast: