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Forecast: Enjoy a beautiful Colorado Springs weekend; season's first snow possible Monday

October 7, 2017 Updated: October 7, 2017 at 7:36 am
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photo - Deer climb the hill by the entrance to Garden of the Gods as snowy weather hit parts of Colorado Springs in this Gazette file photo by Dougal Brownlie.
Deer climb the hill by the entrance to Garden of the Gods as snowy weather hit parts of Colorado Springs in this Gazette file photo by Dougal Brownlie. 

Sunny skies and 70-degree weather are in the forecast this weekend before temperatures drop dramatically on Monday and Colorado Springs likely sees its first snow.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted highs of 76 degrees Saturday, 74 degrees Sunday and 40 degrees Monday.

"Saturday we dry out and warm up nicely with highs returning to the 60s and 70s across all elevations," Gazette news partner KKTV reported. "Sunday will be similar but with increasing clouds later in the afternoon and evening."

Sunday night brings a 20 percent chance of showers after 4 a.m., the weather service said.

"Overnight Sunday into Monday we are watching a strong cold front set to move through Southern Colorado," KKTV reported. "This will make for strong wind, MUCH colder temperatures, and some rain/snow showers."

Monday has a 50 percent chance of rain before 9 a.m., when it's expected to mix with snow. Monday night brings a 40 percent chance of snow, mostly before 9 p.m.

"Our coldest air of the fall arrives Monday night," KKTV reported. "This will drop temps close to or below the freezing mark Monday night into Tuesday morning. This wouldn't be a bad idea to start planning to drain sprinklers and pick last minute veggies from your garden."

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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