A surprise band of snow moved north from Fremont County and is dumping quick accumulations across Colorado Springs.
The air temperatures were in the 20s and teens overnight, so the pavement is well below freezing. Quick accumulations of half an inch to an inch were reported in Colorado Springs as of 8:30 am.
This snow band is not being displayed on most weather models, so the timing of when it will depart is tricky. We should keep this energy in place for a few hours, but by lunch it's likely we see snow either stop or weaken considerably over Colorado Springs.
South of Pueblo, overnight snow has I-25 slick and icy near Walsenburg with even more snow around La Veta, Cuchara, and La Veta Pass.
More afternoon and early evening snow is expected over the mountains and valleys, favoring the Sangre De Cristos and the Wet Mountain Valley.
We will be dry overnight but cold with wet roads likely becoming icy.
Colorado Springs forecast: High: 38; Low: 16. Cloudy, cold, and breezy with heavy snow through the morning. We should be dry in the afternoon with clearing clouds by the end of the day.
Pueblo forecast: High: 43; Low: 16. Overcast, cold, and dry with a light breeze through the afternoon.
Canon City forecast: High: 39; Low: 15. Mostly cloudy and cold with a chance for a few snowflakes in the afternoon.
Woodland Park forecast: High: 29; Low: 7. Overcast and cold with light snow showers or flurries in the afternoon. Snow accumulations should be a trace at best.
Tri-Lakes forecast: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Mostly cloudy, cold, and breezy with a stray few snowflakes or light flurry in the afternoon.
Plains forecast: High: 40s; Low: 20s. Overcast and cold with dry skies and light winds.
Walsenburg and Trinidad forecast: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Mostly cloudy and dry with breezy and cold daytime conditions.
Mountains forecast: High: 20s; Low: >10. Overcast and cold with snow showers and flurries over the mountains and valleys. The heaviest snow will fall over the Sangre De Cristos in areas like La Veta Pass.
Extended outlook forecast:
The weekend will become sunny but temperatures will stay below average for most of the plains.
Heavy mountain snow returns next week with multiple chances on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Locally in the plains, we could see a few isolated rain and snow showers Thursday, but most of that moisture would be confined to the foothills.
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