Oct 3, 2013 6:25 AM by John Dissauer
One more nice day before Mother Nature reminds that winter isn't too far away...
Expect to see mainly sunny skies across southern Colorado this afternoon. Winds will be brisk out of the south and southwest at 10-20mph with gusts to 30mph. Highs will top out in the 70°s and 80°s. With low humidity, gusty winds and warm temperatures there will be an elevated fire threat this afternoon, especially over the plains of eastern Colorado.
The big story is an approaching cold front Friday. We have been tracking this storm since last weekend as it moved off the Russian coast and has traveled over the Pacific Ocean. It is now onshore and moving towards Colorado. Winter Storm Watches are posted for northwest Colorado in anticipation of the storm.
Overnight computer models have finally been able to sample the storm since it is now over land. Interesting to note that several of the computer models don't dive the cold front as far south as earlier advertised. I still think we are going to see much cooler temperatures in here by late Friday afternoon but maybe not as cold as earlier thought.
The cold front is projected to begin passing through the area Friday morning and afternoon. Once the front passes winds will turn out of the north ushering in much colder air. Expect Friday's high temperatures to occur during the morning and temperatures falling through the 40°s and in to the 30°s during the afternoon. Winds are also likely to increase by late afternoon and evening.
Computer models are backing off on the moisture behind the front. I think we could still see a few scattered showers (snow showers in higher elevations) but the amounts should be light. Generally less than 0.10" of rain. - Meteorologist John Dissauer