Weather Alert Friday: Light rain and snow tonight

Posted at 6:23 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 14:43:29-05

Today’s Forecast:
Much colder today compared to the last few days, with rain and snow returning to the forecast. The good news for most of us, is that the rain and light snow looks to be a low to non impact weather event. Teller county and Monument Hill to Black Forest probably stand the best chance of seeing an inch or more, so expect a chance for slick roads in those areas this evening.

Colorado Springs will likely see a quick rain to snow switch, but will little to no snow actually sticking to the ground. Pueblo and the plains should expect a light rain through the evening. The winds tonight could reduce visibility in areas that start seeing a quicker switch to snow.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 48; Low – 28. Mostly cloudy and cold with a light rain quickly switching to light snow anytime after 4 pm. Accumulation should be minimal and mainly on grassy areas. Expect strong winds this evening.

PUEBLO: High – 53; Low – 28. Mostly cloudy and chilly with light rain coming mainly sometime after 5 pm. Rain accumulation should stay fairly light and any switch to snow would not stick to anything. Expect strong winds this evening.

CANON CITY: High – 51; Low – 32. Mostly cloudy and cold with a light rain and a possible switch to light, non accumulating snow, anytime after 4 pm. Expect strong winds this evening.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 40; Low – 19. Mostly cloudy and cold with snow moving in anytime after 3 pm today. Accumulation should stay manageable, but an inch or two remains possible. Strong winds could reduce visibility during the evening commute and make a few roads slick.

TRI-LAKES: High – 40s; Low – 20s. Mostly cloudy and cold with light snow moving in anytime after 3 to 4 pm. Snow accumulations look to stay at or under one inch, but strong winds could reduce visibility.

PLAINS: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Mostly cloudy, chilly and windy today with light rain through the evening hours. Rain will push east through the plains any time after 7 pm with light and scattered accumulation.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Mostly cloudy, cold and windy today with light rain and snow returning to the area late today and this evening. Light snow in the taller terrain is possible but I’m not expecting much more than an inch or two around the Sangres and Raton Mesa.

Saturday is going to be cold and WINDY! Winds tomorrow look like they will be gusting into the 30 or more mph range from the afternoon through the evening, so bring extra layers to the Parade of Lights! We will stay dry on Saturday but Sunday to Monday, snow is still expected.

Snowfall Expectations
Early estimations for snowfall from the Sunday to Monday snow storm

Our modeling FINALLY starting agreeing with each other for our snow system coming Sunday into Monday morning. Because the low pressure system driving this storm is still out in the ocean, I fully expect our snow totals to either go up or down tonight and tomorrow, but here’s what we think so far.

This looks like a standard light to moderate snow for southern Colorado. In the Pikes Peak region, the mountains and Palmer Divide/Monument Hill will see some of the bigger totals, with Colorado Springs in that 1 to 2 inch range, mainly west of the interstate and on the north sides of the city. The main target areas for moderate to heavy snow are across the southern mountains, like the Wets and Sangres. Both ranges will likely see totals over 4 inches, but under one foot.

REMEMBER, because this system is still out in the ocean and needs to hit the coast before our totals become much more accurate. These are my early estimations based on what I’ve seen and the weather patterns I know.