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Weather whiplash: 90s to 30s in Denver, with snow expected today

Maine weather can be wild, but Denver's flipped from peak summer to mid-winter in less than 24 hours.

MAINE, USA — Mainers tend to think our weather is crazy. It certainly can be, but few things come close to topping the radical change Colorado is experiencing today.

After a long holiday weekend with temperatures in the 90s - even eclipsing 100 degrees on Saturday - a strengthening cold front brought a drastic change late Monday night.

Between 2 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, the temperature in Denver dropped 55 degrees - from 92 to 37 - in just 14 hours.

While extreme and rare, it's not unprecedented to see this type of a change in the Intermountain West.

Elevation is a key factor. In the mile high city, the air is dry. Dry air can cool more efficiently and warm more efficiently when it downslopes off the mountains.

Fronts also strengthen as they enter the lee side of the Rockies.

Temperatures today will stay in the 30s, with snow even in the lower elevations. The mountains and hills will see several inches of snow.