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Friday evening weather: Lighter winds and much colder air this weekend

Posted at 7:52 PM, Dec 21, 2018

Tonight’s Forecast:
The Red Flag Warning in effect today expires tonight at 5 pm as the winds die down to a gentle 4 to 8 mph overnight. With a mix of partly cloudy and clear skies, prepare for a cold one with lows falling into the 20s. Saturday morning will start off cold and we won’t get much warmer through the afternoon, with widespread highs in the 40s.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low – 27, Tomorrow’s High – 42. Partly cloudy and cold tonight with a mostly dry day tomorrow. If we do see light snow, it will favor the north and northeast sides of the city but really only a dusting at the most is expected.

PUEBLO: Low –  25, Tomorrow’s High – 50. Mostly clear skies tonight and cold with a crisp, dry day expected on Saturday.

CANON CITY: Low –  29, Tomorrow’s High – 45. Mostly clear skies tonight and cold with a crisp, dry day expected on Saturday.

WOODLAND PARK: Low –  22, Tomorrow’s High – 33. Partly cloudy and cold tonight with light snow possible tomorrow afternoon. Any accumulation would be light and likely under 0.5 inches, but drive safe if you see snow on the roads.

TRI-LAKES: Low –  22, Tomorrow’s High – 38. Partly cloudy and cold tonight with light snow possible tomorrow afternoon. Any accumulation would be light and likely under 0.5 inches, but drive safe if you see snow on the roads.

PLAINS: Low –  24, Tomorrow’s High – 50. Mostly clear skies tonight and cold with a crisp, dry day expected on Saturday.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low – 25, Tomorrow’s High – 47. Mostly clear skies tonight and cold with a crisp, dry day expected on Saturday.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK:
Snow will move into the mountains tonight and eventually pull east into the plains north of the Palmer Divide. Some of this light snow could fall over Monument Hill and areas east of the hill along the plains, but it’s important to note that very little to any accumulation of snow, or light rain, is expected. Timing for light snow or flurries would be in the afternoon, mainly along Monument Hill and northern El Paso counties. The biggest thing most of you will notice Saturday and Sunday is simply the cool down as highs return to the 40s.

WINTER STORM POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK:
Will we have a white Christmas? Well… it’ll be close! There is a winter storm complex building out over the Pacific Ocean, and it looks like it could be a major weather impact for southern Colorado Christmas night through Wednesday. It’s very far out to know how much snow is coming, but model run after model run is placing heavy, blowing snow right over southern Colorado falling from Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. Travel during that time frame could be dangerous, especially through the mountains. We’ll keep an eye on this system and post our expected snow totals when we can.