Apr 17, 2013 12:53 PM by Stephen Bowers
The approaching disturbance is working together with an upslope wind and generating a little snow earlier than expected, especially west of I-25, though it is now spreading out east of I-25 in parts of El Paso County. Some dry air should bring a break in the snow before the main part of the disturbance moves through this afternoon and tonight. It is possible that some areas will not see that break in the snow before this afternoon, and the farther north you are the higher that possibility is. Snow has been reported in Canon City, Falcon, Monument, and Woodland Park so far today. This follows a morning of freezing rain.
The snow will be accompanied by blustery winds that could gust to 40-50 mph, especially high on the Palmer Divide around Monument, Black Forest, and Calhan.
Up to 1-3" of snow is expected along I-25 from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and out into the Southeastern Plains, including Lamar, Springfield, and La Junta. In spotty cases, 3-5" of snow is possible. Higher elevations from Monument Hill to Teller County and down to the Wet Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Mountains could see 4-8" of snow fall. The higher elevations of Las Animas County that parallel the New Mexico border could see 3-6" of snow with spotty higher totals. Keep in mind, however, that with a warm ground much of the snow could melt and likely will not pile up on the ground as deep as forecast totals indicate.
Freezing drizzle and fog formed a glaze of ice on some area roads this morning, especially in northern El Paso County. Numerous crashes and slide offs resulted, including at least three roll-over crashes. Icy roads may be a problem for the Wednesday evening commute as well. While the snow likely will end for most areas by Thursday morning's drive to work some ice could linger, especially on roads that are less traveled in El Paso County.