Weather - Forecast

Feb 3, 2014 5:42 PM by John Dissauer

Warnings & Advisories Ahead of Storm

The National Weather service has issued Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories in advance of a snow storm for portions of southern and southeastern Colorado

The Winter Storm Warning includes Baca, Bent, Crowley, eastern Kiowa, eastern Las Animas, Otero, and Prowers counties.  The warning is in effect from 8pm Monday through 5pm Tuesday.

The Winter Weather Advisory includes El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, western Las Animas, and Pueblo counties.  The advisory is in effect from 8pm Monday through 11pm Tuesday.

An area of low pressure is beginning to develop over Arizona and northern Mexico.  The low will track to the east through the next 48 hours.  As it does so, moisture will begin to move north (from the south).  As the moisture interacts with colder air, snow will begin to develop.  Expect to see the snow start near the New Mexico/Colorado border this evening and eventually push over most of the KOAA viewing area through the overnight hours.  During the overnight, snow could fall at a fast pace.

Accumulating snow will continue throughout the day Tuesday.  By Tuesday evening, will vary greatly by location.  Areas around Colorado Springs can expect to see 2"-5" of snow, perhaps as much as 6" on northside.  Higher terrain in Teller County could see amounts from 4"-7".  Areas around Pueblo can expect to see 2"-5" of snow.

The hardest hit area should be the southeastern Plains of Colorado.  Areas around La Junta, Lamar and Springfield could pick up 5"-10" of snow through Tuesday evening.

Along with snow, temperatures will drop Tuesday through the end of the week.  Lows could drop to below zero, especially in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Wednesday and Thursday morning.  Highs will likely struggle to get out of the single digits Tuesday and will will probably be hitting highs in the teens through the end of the week.  - Meteorologist John Dissauer

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