From Monument Hill to Denver, today is all about the blowing snow and rough evening commute. For areas south of Monument like Colorado Springs and Pueblo, the forecast is all about strong, gusty winds, scattered rain showers, and falling afternoon temperatures. The mountains west of I-25 will likely also see light, blowing snow with low accumulations in areas like Woodland Park. Heavier snow will fall in the Sangre De Cristo range but close towns like Westcliffe will stay on the low end for snow accumulation.
COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 45; Low – 5. Windy with falling temperatures after lunch. Snow will cross out of the mountains during the day as rain over Colorado Springs but after an hour, likely turn back to snow. More snow should fall this evening with snow accumulations staying at or under an inch for most of the city. Briargate and areas north and east would be the most likely place to see an inch or just over.
PUEBLO: High – 54; Low – 12. Windy and warm with temperatures falling just after the early afternoon to single digits by tonight. Scattered showers are possible in the early afternoon and while a flurry is possible across the east side of Pueblo county this evening, it’s much more likely Pueblo will see no snowfall.
CANON CITY: High – 47; Low – 14. Windy with rain to snow expected across town much closer to lunch time through the early afternoon. West of town and north and south to the mountains, colder air will make precip fall as snow, and highway 50 west to Salida could be slick from the late morning through the early afternoon. The roads will likely start fine through Canon City with warm air making snow fall as rain first and a quick turn to light snow through the mid afternoon.
WOODLAND PARK: High – 33; Low – 2. Windy and cold with snow starting to fall around 11am and falls off and on through the early afternoon. Snow could come down heavy at times, especially during the first appearance and any bands that show up in the evening, helping to push snow totals from a dusting to 2 inches.
TRI-LAKES: High – 30s; Low – >10. Windy and cold with blowing snow arriving just after lunch. Gusty winds will reduce visibility to near zero at times on drives north, especially as you get to Larkspur and up north to Denver. Snow totals over Monument Hill will range from 1 to 3 inches, but it’s much more likely the totals will be higher as you go north towards Larkspur, as that up slope wind piles the snow up on the north side of the hill. Snow will end by midnight but temperatures will plummet to the single digits with wind chills below zero.
PLAINS: High – 50s; Low – 10s. Windy and warm with a quick drop in temperatures as a cold front moves in from the north. Scattered rain showers are expected in the afternoon but little to no snow is expected until very late tonight, and mainly for Kiowa county and north.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 40s; Low – >10. Windy and mild with rain hopping out over the mountains near noon, even as the mountains themselves see snow. Some blowing snow is possible by the end of the afternoon, especially south of Walsenburg if temperatures can drop below freezing, but road conditions will probably be fine as most of I-25 will likely be warm enough to stay wet as precip falls.
Deep cold settles in tonight with widespread low temperatures in the single digits for the mountains and lower elevations. The winds will gradually decrease tonight but wind chills will be below zero for the majority of the overnight hours. We’ll stay cold with a mix of clouds and sunshine on Thursday afternoon but a quick warm up to the 30s and 40s arrives by Friday. The next warm day will be Saturday with highs into the mid 50s and plenty of sunshine for a quick afternoon hike!