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Christmas Eve Weather: Calm today & tomorrow but active by Wednesday

Posted at 6:11 AM, Dec 24, 2018

Today’s Forecast:
The forecast is going to be pretty simple and easy today and tomorrow, but one heck of a system is on the way for Wednesday. Be sure to read the extended outlook at the bottom of this story for snow details on Wednesday.

Cloudy skies mixed with some sunshine allow for a chilly day across southern Colorado, we are just keeping in mind that old mindset that it could always be worse! We’ll stay dry today despite heavy snow out west into the mountains. Some light snow will likely fall on the Sangre De Cristos but most of the region will stay dry. Tonight cloud cover thins out a bit and that will allow for temperatures to fall back into the 20 and teens.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 46; Low – 23. Partly sunny and dry with a cold breeze through the afternoon.

PUEBLO: High – 52; Low – 18. Partly cloudy and dry with a light breeze and chilly afternoon temps.

CANON CITY: High – 50; Low – 26. Partly sunny and dry with a light breeze through the afternoon.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 40; Low – 19. Mostly cloudy and dry with a light breeze and cold temps.

TRI-LAKES: High – 30s; Low – 10s. Partly sunny and dry with a cold breeze through the afternoon.

PLAINS: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Partly cloudy and dry with a light breeze and chilly afternoon temps.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Partly sunny and dry with a light breeze through the afternoon. A few flurries and light snow are possible west out by the Sangre De Cristos.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
Calm today and tomorrow during the day, but our next weather system is on the way for Wednesday. Snow starts to pound the mountains out west on Tuesday night and eventually that will move east into the plains. Southern Colorado starts to see rain in the morning across the plains with a dry slot keeping I-25 dry through the morning and early afternoon. The southern mountains, the Sangres and Wets, will start seeing snow around lunch time and eventually, the I-25 corridor will start to see rain turning to snow in the afternoon. Overnight, heavy snow will fall in the southern mountains and the I-25 corridor, but the plains will stay rain until some time after 9 to 10 pm. It’s possible there will be ice and freezing rain on Wednesday through the plains, it’s likely all drives by Thursday morning will be slick and snow covered. Travel is not advised in the mountains from Tuesday night through Thursday morning, I-25 commutes will be worst Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

It’s still too early for snow totals since a few models are disagreeing about how much snow is coming, but we are thinking this will be a shovel-able event Wednesday night for most of southern Colorado while the mountains in the Continental Divide, from Tuesday through Thursday morning, get anywhere between 1 to 2 feet.

Flurries will be all that’s left for most of us on Thursday but Friday could pack another bout of heavy snow, we’re going to watch that day closely in the next several days of modeling.