Areas of thick smoke and haze stick around Southern Colorado on Thursday

Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Posted at 6:40 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 00:31:04-04

Tonight's Forecast:
A hazy and smoky night on tap for Southern Colorado due to wildfire smoke blowing in from fires in California and Oregon. Temperature wise, it will be pleasant and cooler tonight across the region as lows fall through the 40s and 50s for areas east of the mountains.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 48; High: 82. An area of high pressure will remain in place on Thursday, locking in a warm, hazy and smoky forecast for the Pikes Peak Region.

PUEBLO: Low: 48; High: 88. Warmer on Thursday, with thick smoke and haze the big weather story. Highs will be more than 5 degrees above average for this time of the year.

CANON CITY: Low: 54; High: 85. Warm and hazy, with areas of thick smoke across Fremont County on Thursday. Highs will be warmer than Wednesday by a couple of degrees.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 44 High: 73. Warm and hazy on Thursday, with southerly breezes around 10 mph. Due to the thicker smoke in the air, consider putting off your longer hikes or outdoor walks until conditions improve.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 40s; High: 70s/80s. Hazy skies, with areas of thick smoke on Thursday. Temperatures will be cool and crisp in the morning, but nice and warm by the afternoon.

PLAINS: Low: 40s/50s; High: 80s. Unseasonably warm and hazy across the Plains on Thursday, with highs warming well into the 80s.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 40s; High: 80s. High pressure to our west will maintain a warm and hazy forecast on Thursday, with highs topping out in the lower 80s.

Extended Outlook:
Downslope winds by Friday should help to push away some of the thicker smoke and haze from our region. Highs will be very warm through the weekend, and rain is not likely. The mountains could see some showers and thunderstorms by early next week, with rain not expected across the I-25 corridor until at least the middle of next week. Instead, the extended forecast features more wind than rain, with heightened fire weather concerns for Southern Colorado.