High winds overnight have mixed with heavy snowfall to make icy and snow covered roads all across southern Colorado. Wind gusts between 30 to 50 mph have made visibility overnight near zero at times, and conditions will stay just as poor through the majority of the morning commute. The winds will stay strong well into the afternoon and continue to blow the snow around and drift over roadways, even after it has stopped falling from the sky. The snow will be done tonight by temperatures will plummet to the teens and single digits.
COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 28; Low – 11. Wind-driven snow expected through the morning hours with limited visibility during all morning drives. Wind gusts will be between 30 to 50 mph up to lunch and then progressively decrease through the remainder of the afternoon. Snow will stop falling around the early afternoon but gusty afternoon winds may still cause drifting over the roads.
PUEBLO: High – 34; Low – 7. Wind-driven snow expected through the morning hours with limited visibility during all morning drives. Wind gusts will be between 30 to 50 mph up to lunch and then progressively decrease through the remainder of the afternoon. Snow will stop falling around the early afternoon, but gusty winds could continue to cause drifts over the roads.
CANON CITY: High – 32; Low – 15. Wind driven snow through the morning hours with limited visibility during all morning drives and very icy conditions over all of highway 50. Wind gusts will range between 20 to 40 mph up to lunch with dry and less windy conditions through the afternoon. Snow will stop falling close to lunch time, but gusty winds could continue to cause drifts over the roads.
WOODLAND PARK: High – 19; Low – 5. Wind driven snow through the morning hours with limited visibility during all morning drives and a mix of ice and snow covering highway 24. Winds out of the north will continue to cause drifting over all of highway 24 from the Springs to Woodland Park, and west out to Lake George. The snow will slowly end towards lunch time but continued strong, gusty winds will keep blowing and drifting snow across all highways in Teller county.
TRI-LAKES: High – 20s; Low – >10. Blizzard conditions overnight through the morning will continue to impact the Tri-Lakes area and Monument Hill to and through lunch time. Wind gusts will remain between 20 to 40 mph over Monument Hill causing drifting and low visibility for all morning drives over the hill. The road is and will stay covered in ice and snow all day, even with CDOT treating the road. The snow will end in the early afternoon but blowing snow and drifting will be a concern through the evening commute, with single digit temps arriving tonight.
PLAINS: High – 30s; Low – 10s. Heavy, wind driven snow continues to fall across the plains this morning with more snow than the modeling was showing yesterday. Driving conditions will continue to deteriorate as the morning goes on, especially with a north wind blowing across many major east/west roads like highway 50 through La Junta. The snow will blow across the plains from the morning and well into the afternoon, with dry and calm skies tonight. Be very careful on all drives today and tonight with drifting and low visibility a constant problem during the day.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 20s; Low – 10s. Wind driven snow from the morning through the early afternoon with wind gusts in the 20 to 45 mph range. All east/west highways intersecting with the southern I-25 corridor will continue to see drifting and dangerous commutes from the morning through the mid afternoon, even after the snow stops falling due to high winds. I-25 will stay snow and ice covered well into the evening from blowing and drifting snow, mountain passes, like La Veta, will also be an area of travel concern all day and night.
Teen and single digit temperatures return to the forecast tonight, making for a very brutal start to Wednesday. Highs on Wednesday will return to the 40s during the day, meaning we’ll see snow melt and dirty cars. A brief and non impact light snow or flurry is possible Thursday, but right now we’re not seeing much snow actually making it down south. Warmer air returns into the weekend with 50s spreading back across southern Colorado with the next bigger snow chance returning on Monday.