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Christmas Forecast: The weather outside is not frightful, but a fire will feel delightful!

Posted at 6:33 AM, Dec 25, 2018

Today’s Forecast:
Merry Christmas everyone! The KOAA weather team wishes you all a very merry day with your family! The weather today will be calm but cold, but tomorrow, the forecast starts getting active.

We’ll be cloudy today across southern Colorado with temperatures in the 40s for most of the lower elevations and mountains. The winds will be fairly light although a cooler breeze will blow through in the afternoon. We could see a quick snow flake or two around the Pikes Peak region today, but most of you will stay dry and chilly.

Tonight, freezing drizzle is possible out in the plains anytime after midnight through early tomorrow morning. The roads will turn back to just being wet as the morning goes on, but drives east of Pueblo county could be icy in the early morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 43; Low – 23. Partly sunny and cold with a light afternoon breeze.

PUEBLO: High – 49; Low – 21. Partly sunny, dry and chilly with calm winds.

CANON CITY: High – 46; Low – 25. Partly sunny, dry and chilly with calm winds.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 41; Low – 20. Mostly cloudy and cold with mainly calm winds.

TRI-LAKES: High – 30s; Low – 20s. Partly sunny and cold with a light afternoon breeze.

PLAINS: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Partly sunny, dry and chilly with calm winds. Late tonight after midnight, freezing drizzle is possible.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Partly sunny and dry with a light breeze through the afternoon.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK:

A large system is going to impact southern Colorado, starting late tonight in the plains and slowly evolving through Wednesday night. Snow will be very light for most of the Pikes Peak region, but those out east and south of Pueblo should see heavier accumulation by Thursday morning.

Freezing drizzle will be possible in the plains early Wednesday morning, but rain will then start falling as the morning goes on and any icy roads will melt back down to just being wet. Rain will fall in the plains from the morning through the afternoon, but on the I-25 corridor, mainly dry weather is expected until the evening.

Wednesday night, snow will start falling from the mountains and eventually out in the plains as the cold air moves east. The Pikes Peak area should expect light snow with most totals averaging around 1 inch or so, some of that melting on warmer roads. The plains by Thursday morning will see the biggest snow totals, especially in the corridor from Trinidad through La Junta and out to Eads. Freezing rain will likely fall in the plains as teh rain turns to snow, and then snow will fall on top of the ice, so travel out east in the plains will likely be very slick and dangerous Wednesday night and Thursday morning.