Nov 21, 2013 5:33 PM by David Randall
A cold front brought snow to the Pikes Peak Region this morning, but that snow has been mostly limited to El Paso and Teller Counties. Northern El Paso County could see 3-6 inches, while Colorado Springs will see 2-4 inches in most areas.
Behind the cold front the wind blows from north to south. That comes into play because from north to south is about an elevation decrease of nearly 3,000 feet from the top of the Palmer Divide to the Arkansas River Valley near Pueblo. That wind blowing down the southern slope of the Palmer Divide drys the air and frequently chokes off precipitation around Pueblo.
This time things will be different. While the snow WILL be limited around Pueblo today, high pressure building into our area from up north will generate an east to west wind tonight and Friday morning. That is an upslope breeze that will help generate more snow around Pueblo after 10 PM tonight. Colorado Springs likely will receive more snow, too, but some of the heaviest snow could actually be around Walsenburg and Trindad.
Through Friday, snow could pile up to 3-6 inches around Colorado Springs, 5-10 inches in northern El Paso County and much of Teller County, 3-7 inches around Pueblo, up to a foot right by the mountains from Beulah to Rye, and 4-8 inches around Walsenburg and Trindad. In the Southeastern Plains, most areas will see no more than 1-2 inches, though the higher elevations between Trinidad and Springsfield could see 3-6 inches.