A busy couple days in the weather department as rain today turns to snow overnight and lasts off and on through Friday morning. Most of what falls today is going to be rain, but tonight nearly everyone living at or over 6,000 feet is looking at blowing snow. A cold front this afternoon is going to drive wind gusts along and especially east of I-25 to 30 or more mph through Thursday morning. Snowfall will start first over the southern mountains and Monument Hill this afternoon, but really start collecting this evening as temperatures fall closer to freezing.
Snow comes in two parts. The first half is what falls tonight through Thursday morning, & the second is Thursday evening through Friday morning. Snow totals below are what falls tonight through Friday morning.
COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 48; Low – 32. Isolated showers and light rain are possible from the morning through the afternoon, but most of our rain and then snow comes tonight after 6 pm. Rain will slowly turn to snow across Colorado Springs first on the north side of town with winds gusts in the 20 and 30 mph range overnight, especially east of I-25. Tonight is the first round of snow and so downtown will probably only see a trace to 0.5″ while along and north of Woodmen Rd would be closer to 0.5 to 1.5 inches through Thursday morning.
PUEBLO: High – 56; Low – 38. Isolated and scattered showers are possible this morning and afternoon, but like Colorado Springs, most of the rain will come after 6 pm tonight through Thursday morning. While Pueblo could see some snow mixed with rain Thursday morning, most of what falls tonight and Thursday will be rain.
CANON CITY: High – 57; Low – 36. Isolated and scattered showers are possible in the morning with light rain becoming more likely in the afternoon. The heavier rain will fall overnight tonight through Thursday morning. Even though most of what Canon City and eastern Fremont County will see is rain, we are likely going to see at least some snow Thursday morning, but with little to no accumulation on the roads and only some in the grass.
WOODLAND PARK: High – 38, Low – 22. Isolated showers from the morning to the afternoon with rain turning to snow quickly this afternoon and overnight tonight. Heavy snow is expected through Thursday morning, but tonight is only the first half of the expected snow, the second round comes Thursday night and Friday morning. Snow totals through tomorrow morning will likely range somewhere between 2 to 4 inches in both Woodland Park and Cripple Creek.
TRI-LAKES: High – 30s/40s, Low – 20s. Scattered showers and light rain this morning and again this afternoon, but the bulk of the rain and snow falls tonight through Thursday morning. Strong winds will eventually cause blowing snow tonight to Thursday morning, but this is only the first half of our snow, the second round falls Thursday night to Friday morning. Snow totals through tomorrow morning will range between 1 to 3 inches, mostly in the grass and side streets, but we could be looking at a slick and slushy drive over Monument Hill.
PLAINS: High – 50s, Low – 30s. Showers and thunderstorms will fall across the plains east of El Paso and Pueblo counties from the morning to the afternoon with more widespread rain happening overnight to Friday morning. No snow is expected across any main population area through Thursday morning, but heavy rain and some overnight thunder is expected.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 50s, Low – 30s. Scattered and isolated showers in the morning with light rain developing in the afternoon. The bulk of the rain and then snow will fall after 6 pm tonight through Thursday morning. Snow totals along I-25 will be pretty light through Thursday morning since rain is going to fall through a lot of the evening, but a stray inch or so is possible from Walsenburg to Trinidad. Anyone living west in and around the mountains should plan on heavy snow overnight through Thursday morning.
As mention above, snow will come in two parts: tonight to Thursday morning and then again Thursday night to Friday morning. Some of the bigger snow totals will actually show up Thursday night to Friday morning, mainly along the southern I-25 corridor, because we’ll be a lot colder. The forecast looks much warmer and generally pretty dry from Friday afternoon through the weekend with only a small chance for showers next Tuesday.