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Weather Alert Day: Blizzard warning for the Palmer Divide

Posted at 5:07 PM, Jan 21, 2019

Tonight’s Forecast:

A cold front arrives late this evening and overnight bringing colder air, mainly snow showers, and gusty winds. Wind gusts will get close to 60 mph, especially over the higher elevations. Winds will cause issues with blowing snow, drifting snow, and low visibility. A Blizzard Warning will be in effect through Tuesday morning for Northern El Paso County up through the Palmer Divide. Travel conditions will deteriorate quickly for these areas tonight and into the AM commute. If you absolutely have to travel between Colorado Springs and Denver be sure you have a full tank of gas, an emergency kit, and leave a lot of extra time. The strong northern wind will likely decrease precipitation potential for southern Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Snow will not be as abundant for these areas, but blowing snow and low visibility are still concerns.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low – 24, High – 32. Rain changing to snow tonight. Accumulations 1″ or less in the city, increasing for northern parts of town. Very strong winds will cause blowing snow, drifting, and low visibility through the first half of Tuesday.

PUEBLO: Low – 27, High – 39. Chance for rain/snow showers tonight into Tuesday morning with little to no accumulations. Winds will be strong and temperatures will be dropping.

CANON CITY: Low – 26, High – 34. Potential for areas of snow tonight into Tuesday morning. Minor accumulations. Winds will cause issues with blowing snow and will bring in colder air for Tuesday.

WOODLAND PARK: Low – 11, High – 22. Snow showers tonight into the first half of Tuesday. Strong winds will cause blowing snow and low visibility, making travel difficult.

TRI-LAKES: Low – 10’s, High – 20’s. BLIZZARD WARNING from 9 pm tonight to 11 am Tuesday. Snow arrives tonight and continues into at least the first half of Tuesday. Accumulations of around 1-3″ will be possible, but the winds will cause bigger issues. Gusts close to 60 mph will cause blowing snow, drifting, and low visibility. Travel over the Palmer Divide is discouraged tonight and tomorrow morning.

PLAINS: Low – 20’s, High – 30’s. A few areas of snow tonight with gusty winds pulling in much colder air for Tuesday.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low – 20’s, High – 30’s. Snow with minor accumulations tonight into early Tuesday. Strong winds will cause blowing snow, drifting, and low visibility.

REST OF THE WEEK: Difficult travel through early Tuesday afternoon along the Palmer Divide before blizzard conditions taper off. Most areas are dry by the evening commute, but lingering blowing snow will still be possible. It’ll be a bitterly cold and windy day for everyone with highs only in the 30’s and wind chills running even lower. Wednesday will be a nice rebound day with some sunshine and temperatures in the 40’s to near 50. A small chance for minor showers Thursday evening, but this round won’t be nearly as impactful, Dry through the rest of the week and weekend with temperatures in the 40’s and low 50’s. Monday will potentially bring another chance for colder air and rain/snow showers.