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Friday Evening Forecast, Two minor snows in next 48 hours

Posted at 3:52 PM, Nov 30, 2018

Forecast: The short story on temps is, trending colder. When it gets as cold as it gets this time around, it will stay pretty cold all of next week. We are talking mid 20s-low 30s Monday, lower 30s Tuesday, and low 40s at best, the rest of the week.

As for precipitation, just sprinkles to flurries this evening, maybe a dusting/coating east of the Divide. We don’t expect much impact. Sunday’s storm, as it gets closer and closer, appears less and less impressive. It had potential for “multiple inches of snow” days ago, but now? It would be surprising if the I-25 through Plains saw more than 1-2″, and that may be high. (The exception would be SOUTH, ie Walsenburg/Trinidad, which still can see 1-4″) Again, the issue with this storm is, it has been taking an entirely ocean route, and the oceans are full of water and empty of real time observations. Mostly just shipping reports and a few buoys. So, the computer model simulations are using tiny amounts of initial data, so the errors 5 days, 4 days, 3 days out…are enormous.

But that’s something we meteorologist know and live with, and have to account for, as I’ve done with the forecast, above.

Meanwhile, notice Friday’s snowfall forecast. Really has not changed in 24 hours. Hardly any for the Plains, but another 3-9″ for the Mountains. Good news, for them.

3-9″ Mountains, little elsewhere

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low – 25, High – 46. Evening snow showers. Partly sunny, windy Saturday.

PUEBLO: Low – 24, High – 52.  Evening snow showers. Mostly sunny, windy Saturday.

WOODLAND PARK: Low – 19, High – 36. Evening snow showers. Partly to mostly sunny, blustery Saturday.

TRI-LAKES: Low – 21, High – 38. Evening snow showers. Partly to mostly sunny, blustery Saturday.

PLAINS: Low – 28, High – 54. Light rain to snow showers tonight. Partly to mostly sunny, windy Saturday.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low – 27, High – 50. Light rain to snow showers tonight. Mostly sunny, breezy Saturday.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK: Cold temperatures for next week, and probably dry…Monday to Thursday. (Could be a few flurries in the air Monday, from time-to-time.)