Friday Forecast: Strong winds with dangerous mountain travel tonight & tomorrow

Posted at 5:31 AM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 12:23:46-05

Today’s Forecast:
A cold front will push temperatures back just a couple degrees compared to yesterday, but with the sunshine and down slope winds, you probably won’t notice too much of a difference! The biggest story today across southern Colorado will be the strong winds, especially through the afternoon. Expect gusts today off and on through the 30 and even 40 mph range. Tonight the winds will die back to more of a steady breeze with lows staying around freezing.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 58; Low – 33. Sunny, warm & very windy, gusting over 30 mph.

PUEBLO: High – 64; Low – 29. Sunny, warm & very windy, gusting around 40 mph.

CANON CITY: High – 61; Low – 36. Sunny, warm & very windy, gusting near 40 mph.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 44; Low – 30. Sunny, mild & very windy, gusting around 40 mph.

TRI-LAKES: High – 40s; Low – 30s. Sunny, mild & very windy, gusting over 30 mph.

PLAINS: High – 60s; Low – 30s. Sunny, warm & very windy, gusting over 30 mph.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s; Low – 30s. Sunny, warm & very windy, gusting up to 40 mph.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through the mountains starting today and lasting through Sunday morning. Along the Front Range west of Denver, a wide swath of 8 to 16 inches of snow is possible, with areas deeper west into the mountains expecting a swath of 10 to 16 inches. Heavy winds today, tonight and tomorrow will make visibility incredibly low and driving simply dangerous. If you can, avoid mountain drives mainly tonight through the first half of Saturday.

In southern Colorado, we will likely see light blowing snow Saturday night, mainly up around the Palmer Divide, Monument Hill, Pikes Peak area mountains and the north half of Colorado Springs. Accumulations look to stay under one inch, but visibility even with that light snow could be near zero with wind speeds gusting up to and over 50 mph.