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Monday Forecast: Warm with high winds today, blizzard like conditions to the north tonight

Posted at 6:19 AM, Jan 21, 2019

Today’s Forecast:
High winds today along the I-25 corridor with an early morning gust at Cheyenne mountain of 58 mph. The winds will be very strong from Colorado City to Walsenburg, prompting a wind advisory from CDOT. Semi truck drivers should be cautious driving today, as any wind gust over 50 mph could lead to a tipped trailer.

Scattered snow showers are expected this afternoon in the mountains, but the big story will be blowing snow & blizzard like conditions tonight, mainly over Monument Hill & the Palmer Divide. Actual snow amounts look fairly low, with Monument Hill likely seeing somewhere between 1 to 4 inches by Tuesday morning, but visibility near zero miles with drifting roads could make travel tonight and tomorrow morning extremely dangerous. Full details are explained below.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 58; Low – 23. Warm with wind gusts up to 40 or more mph during the day. Blowing snow arrives tonight after 10 pm, especially on the north side of town. Commutes north through Tuesday morning could be very slick and slow with near zero visibility. Snow totals by tomorrow morning should be near zero for most of the city, but up to the north by Monument Hill an inch or two could stack up, some drifts could be higher.

PUEBLO: High – 64; Low – 26. Warm with wind gusts up to 50 mph or possibly more this afternoon & then again tonight. Blowing snow is possible tonight through early tomorrow morning, but low visibility would be the main concern as little to no accumulation is actually expected, and I-25 will probably be warm enough to stay wet.

CANON CITY: High – 55; Low – 27. Warm with wind gusts today and tonight in the 20 and 30 mph range. Blowing snow tonight is possible but little to no snow accumulation is expected through tomorrow morning. Some drifting from blowing snow is possible tonight through Tuesday morning.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 42; Low – 12. Chilly with wind gusts in the 30 and 40 mph range today and tonight. Scattered snow showers are possible late today, after 3 pm, but no accumulation is expected. Heavier blowing snow with limited visibility and drifting will occur tonight through tomorrow morning. Snow accumulation by tomorrow mornign looks to be somewhere between 1 to 3 inches, but drifts could be much bigger.

TRI-LAKES: High – 50s; Low – 10s. Mild and windy today with a brief sprinkle or flurry possible in the afternoon, depending on how warm temperatures are at the time. The big story arrives tonight with snow starting to form around 10 pm on Monument Hill and continuing to fall through 8 to 9 am Tuesday morning. Blizzard like conditions are expected tonight and tomorrow morning from winds gusting to and over 40 mph overnight. Snow totals by the morning could range between 1 to 4 inches but drifts could easily be much larger.

PLAINS: High – 60s; Low – 20s. Warm and very windy today with gusts up to and over 40 mph expected through the afternoon. We’ll stay dry today with some blowing snow possible tonight anytime after midnight. Little to no accumulation is expected for all areas south of the Palmer Divide into the plains, but any blowing snow could limit visibility tonight.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s; Low – 20s. Warm with very high winds today from Colorado City down through Walsenburg, gusts up to 60 mph are expected off and on through the day. Snow this afternoon is possible, mainly in the mountains this afternoon, but little accumulation is expected. Tonight more blowing snow is possible but low visibility would be the biggest threat, as snow accumulation should stay under 1 inch.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
Tuesday will be dry in the afternoon but the winds will stay fairly strong with wind chills staying in the 20s and lower through the mountains. Temps in the teens and single digits will arrive Tuesday night, but we’ll bounce back to the 40s Wednesday afternoon. A brief snow is possible on Thursday with dry weather through the weekend.