Blowing snow today with blizzard-like conditions from northern El Paso County to Denver and eastern plains

Posted at 7:25 AM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 11:02:53-05

Today’s Forecast:
Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for northern El Paso County up through Castle Rock and east across the plains to Limon and Sterling. Heavy snow will combine with strong winds, especially from the late morning through the evening hours, to create low visibility and blizzard-like conditions in the warned areas.

Across southern Colorado, snow totals will be on the lighter side, but strong winds over 30 mph could still lead to slick and dangerous drives during the daytime. Wind chills will likely be in the teens and 20s during the daytime, slipping to the single digits overnight. The snow will stop tonight, but the drives up to and north of Monument Hill will likely remain slick and dangerous through Sunday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 29; Low: 13. Blowing snowfall across the city with the bulk of our snow accumulation happening on the north side of town, mainly from Briargate up to Monument and east through Black Forest, Falcon, and Calhan. Wind gusts will be between 30 to 40 mph at their strongest. Snowfall will stop this evening.

TRI-LAKES: High: 20s; Low: Below 10. Moderate to heavy blowing snow and blizzard like conditions are expected through the Tri-Lakes region today and tonight. Snowfall totals for Palmer Lake, Monument, Woodmoor, and out to Black Forest will range from 3 to 6 inches by the time snow stop falling late this evening. Wind gusts will be between 3o to 45 mph at their strongest, leading to zero visibility at times when driving and drifting on smaller side streets and county roads. Travel north of Monument Hill to Castle Rock will be just as slick and dangerous today.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 23; Low: 5. Periods of blowing snow through Woodland Park today with light snow accumulation through the evening hours. The winds will be gusting up to and over 30 mph at times, meaning any travel will involve low visibility and drifting on county roads. Snow totals through this evening will range from 1 to 4 inches in Woodland Park, and a dusting to 2 inches for Cripple Creek.

PUEBLO: High: 35; Low: 14. Cloudy and cold with periods of light, blowing snow but very little accumulation. Wind gusts will be up to 35 mph at their strongest today, with snow totals staying at or under one inch by the time snow stops late today.

CANON CITY: High: 32; Low: 16. Like Pueblo, we're expecting cold and windy conditions with periods of light, blowing snow, but little to no snow accumulation. Any snowfall will stop falling by the end of the day, but the breeze will stay gusty through the overnight hours.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Blowing snow is forecast today from Walsenburg to Trinidad, and the surrounding mountain and plains towns. Snowfall totals will stay on the lighter side for the interstate, but La Veta Pass to La Veta and Cuchara will see fairly high snow totals. Wind gusts will blow from the north between 25 to 45 mph.

PLAINS: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Periods of blowing snow and very cold air are forecast through the plains today. Snowfall totals will generally stay under El Paso and Pueblo counties today, with snow totals staying generally at or under 1 inch through the region. The winds will blow between 25 to 35 mph at their strongest. Travel will be worse on any east to west roads, since the winds will blow out of the north.

Extended Outlook:
Sunday will stay breezy through the first half of the day and cold, but with increasing sunshine to help melt some snow. It'll be very cold Sunday night with lows falling into the single digits by Monday morning. Monday looks dry and chilly, as does New Years Eve and day. The next chance for snow showers will be in the mountains on Wednesday, with stronger winds by Thursday and a bit more widespread light snow.