Mar 26, 2010 11:26 AM by Meteorologist Brad Sowder
Another potent spring storm will blast into eastern Colorado today. The first half of Friday will be rather quiet, but by afternoon winds will increase, clouds will increase and rain and snow will move first into the mountains and then spread along the I-25 corridor. Winter Storm Warnings are posted for northern El Paso County and Teller County from 6 pm Friday through 6 am Saturday. Expect 5-10” in the Warning areas. The Winter Weather Advisories go into effect from 6 pm Friday through Saturday morning for southern El Paso County (including Colo. Springs) Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas Counties…as well as the Wet and Sangre De Cristo Mountains. The advisory areas will see a range of 3-8” of snow in the Sangre’s and the Wet’s. Below 9000 feet the totals will range from 3-5” possible in places like Walsenburg and Trinidad. Finally…there are Winter Storm Watches starting Friday night through Saturday morning for Crowley, Otero, Bent, Baca, Prowers and Kiowa Counties. Strong winds will be a big factor with this storm with near whiteout conditions possible at times. Winds will gust in excess of 40 mph this afternoon, tonight and early Saturday. Roads in the advisory and warning areas will become slushy and snow packed. This storm quickly heads out early Saturday morning, with nothing more than a lingering snow shower in Teller County, and along the Palmer Divide through the day. Sunday will begin a drying and warming trend. Very warm and dry for Monday and Tuesday.