Weather - Forecast

Jan 22, 2014 1:52 PM by Stephen Bowers

Weather Update: Tracking Our Snow Maker

We still appear to be on track for a decent round of snow developing tonight. Most of the snow will fall overnight rather than tomorrow, though the Thursday morning commute could be messy and slow. That's especially true on the backroads and in high elevations.

Timing
Aside from a high-elevation flurry developing in the upslope breeze as early as 6-7 PM, snow will hold off in most areas until 8-10. It may be slow and be spotty to start, but in the 10-12 timeframe the snow will increase in coverage and intensity and continue into early Thursday morning. By 5 AM the snow begins to wind down, though some areas could see snow continue to fall through 10-11 AM. By noon Thursday, the snow is gone, but intense cold and wind will settle in for the day. 

Accumulation Forecast
 Snowfall amounts of 1-3" are likely over much of the I-25 corridor. Locally higher totals are possible in northern El Paso County (around Monument, Peyton, and Calhan), western El Paso County (around Mantiou Springs), and Teller County (Woodland Park and Cripple Creek). In those areas, 3-6" isn't out of the question, though the lower end of that range seems to be most likely. Along the Wet Mountains (Rye, Beulah, and Wetmore), the upslope breeze should contribute to more development so that 3-6" isn't out of the question.

Planning Ahead
Even though snow will begin winding down around 5 AM, well before the thickest part of the morning commute, be aware that roads can still be icy and snow packed. That's especially true of the back roads. Be ready to get out the door 15 minutes (or more) earlier than normal to give yourself time to brush the snow off your car and account for slower moving traffic. Also dress in layers. Temperatures will struggle to reach into the 20's tomorrow, and the wind chills will likely be no warmer than 10-15 degrees, even during the warmest part of the day.  

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