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Dec 12, 2012 9:42 AM by Craig Eliot

Warmer here today & tomorrow...showers possible Friday

TODAY: MUCH warmer weather returns to eastern Colorado. Temps this afternoon will be at least 20 degrees warmer than Tuesday! 52 in the Springs and 54 in Pueblo. You might notice a little bit of a breeze during the day. Winds will be from the west/southwest at 15-25 mph. In the mountains we could have some gusts over 40 mph today! Dry skies today across the state...but that will change in a big way by Thursday night - Monday!

TONIGHT: That downslope breeze will stick around overnight keep temps up a bit compared to our average lows. Downtown in the Springs expect a temp of 26...Pueblo in the lower to middle 20's...with a low at the airport of only 19. Some spots in northern El Paso County, Canon City & Walsenburg could stay in the 30's!

THURSDAY: Another warmer afternoon expected for the eastern half of the state. Skies will be mostly sunny and temps should be about 1-3 degrees above today's highs. By late afternoon a storm system will start to spread moisture across western Colorado, so rain and snow will be likely west of the Continental Divide by tomorrow night! If you are a skier or boarder you will be happy to know that this is the first in a series of storms that will bring a range of 1-2 feet of snow across the higher elevations and ski areas by Monday! If you have travel plans into the mountains you'll need to have an emergency supplies in your car and double check the road reports to see what conditions are over the passes.

FRIDAY: That first Pacific storm will move into our half of the state bringing us a chance of rain and snow showers during the afternoon early evening. Chances for precip at the lower elevations will be about 20%...at least 30% for the mountains and higher elevations close to home. 3-5 degrees cooler for our high temps compared to our warmer temps on Thursday. Highs in Teller County will likely stay in the 30's.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Weekend forecast will be dry and cool for the lower elevations with temps mostly in the 40's and lower 50's. Skies Saturday will be partly sunny...more sunshine expected for Sunday. Weather for the mountains will continue to be unsettled with snows showers likely later Saturday and Saturday night. Teller County and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains could see an isolated snow showers overnight in spots.

MONDAY: More snowy weather for the mountains and thanks to yet another wave of energy from the Pacific will bring us another 20% chance of rain or snow along the Front Range and eastern plains. Expect high temps to cool down at least 3-5 degrees locally compared to Sunday.

TUESDAY: We'll see a bit of a break from the wintry weather around the state with drier skies, more sun and slightly warmer temps. High of around 44 for Colorado Springs and 49 in Pueblo.

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