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Weather Alert Wednesday: High winds, light snow tonight

Posted at 6:28 AM, Dec 12, 2018

Today’s Forecast:
A High Wind Watch is in effect tonight for several counties across southern Colorado as a powerful, quick moving system barrels towards the state. On top of strong winds, light snow will also fall through the region but accumulation continues to look very light. The Sangre and Wet mountains, as well as the higher terrain down by the Raton Mesa, will probably see the best chance of snow totals in the 1 to 2 inch range. Everyone else will either see nothing or totals way less than one inch. High winds tonight, even with a very light snow, could make driving hazardous with very low visibility.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 58; Low – 22. Increasing clouds with daytime gusts in the 20 and 30 mph range. Tonight light snow (likely 0.5 inch or less) will fall with wind gusts increasing to 50 or more mph.

PUEBLO: High – 61; Low – 24. Increasing clouds with daytime wind gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range. Tonight a brief rain to flurries could fall but the wind will be the bigger story, gusts to 50 or more mph are likely.

CANON CITY: High – 59; Low – 25. Increasing clouds with daytime wind gusts in the upper 20 mph range. Tonight, a flurry is possible but dry skies are more likely with wind gusts in the 30 and 40 mph range.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 43; Low – 10. Mostly cloudy with daytime wind gusts in the 20 mph range. Tonight, light snow (totals at or under 1 inch) will fall with wind gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range.

TRI-LAKES: High – 40s; Low – 10s. Increasing clouds with daytime gusts in the 20 and 30 mph range. Tonight light snow (at or under 1 inch) will fall with wind gusts increasing to 50 or more mph. Visibility will be poor.

PLAINS: High – 60s; Low – 20s. Increasing clouds with daytime wind gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range. Tonight a brief rain to light snow is expected, with little to no snow along the highway 50 corridor, but closer to 1 inch by Kiowa, Las Animas and Baca counties. Wind gusts will range between 40 to 60 mph.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Increasing clouds with daytime gusts between 20 to 40 mph, especially between Walsenburg and Pueblo. Tonight, light snow is expected, especially through the Sangres and down by the Raton Mesa/Pass area with 1 to 2 inches possible. The winds tonight will gust between 20 to 40 mph, meaning very low visibility, even in light snow, is expected.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
The first half of Thursday will be the windiest, with wide spread gusts between 20 to 40 mph, but after lunch things should calm down. It will be much colder tomorrow with temperatures back in the 40 degree range. Highs will bounce back into the 50 and 60 degree range over the weekend with no rain or snow in sight for the next seven days!