Weather - Forecast

Apr 30, 2013 8:04 AM by Stephen Bowers

Warm today... then May starts cold & snowy

Today will be warm and windy. Temperatures will top out in the upper 70's around Colorado Springs with warmer mid-to-upper 80's along Highway 50 from Canon City to Pueblo to La Junta and cooler 60's in Teller County. Clouds will increase tonight, and snow is possible toward sunrise Wednesday, especially around Monument Hill. Colder air will also flow into Southern Colorado tonight, then snow becomes likely for nearly all of our area for Wednesday. 

Ahead of the approaching spring storm will be warmth and gusty winds. With a dry ground, the combination of the warmth, low humidity, and 30-40 mph wind gusts make for unfavorable conditions for burning. A Red Flag Warning has been posted for nearly all of Southern Colorado.

For snowfall totals, 1-3" is expected along I-25 from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and along Highway 50 into Canon City.  Higher elevations along the Palmer Divide could be as high as 3-5". Higher totals on the order of 5-10" are expected in the mountains west of I-25. In the Southeastern Plains, expect no more than 1-2" (if anything), and in higher elevations of Las Animas County 2-4" of snow is possible.

Keep in mind that after a string of days with high temperatures in the 70's and 80's, the warm ground may quickly melt the falling snow. That means the snow likely will not pile up as high as the forecast amounts suggest.

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