Cold Arctic air making a beeline towards Southern Colorado

Downtown Colorado Springs
Posted at 6:47 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 23:12:07-05

Tonight's Forecast:
It will remain gusty across the mountains tonight, with much weaker winds expected for the Plains. Temperature wise, the big story will be the battle of the very cold air east of I-25 versus the more temperate Pacific air to the west. Tonight, the cold air is expected to move towards the I-25 corridor, along with areas of low clouds, fog and freezing drizzle.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 24; High: 49. The Pikes Peak Region should stay just west of the really cold air again on Tuesday. Patchy morning fog will give way to a breezy, slightly cooler, and partly cloudy afternoon.

PUEBLO: Low: 20; High: 43. Pueblo may have a tough time warming up again on Tuesday as the cold air over the Plains stays nearby. Morning fog will give way to a mix of sun and clouds by the afternoon.

CANON CITY: Low: 24; High: 52. After a chilly night, we'll see a mix of sun and clouds on Tuesday and mild highs as strong downslope breezes continue across Fremont County.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 25; High: 43. Due to the shallow, cold airmass over the Plains, highs in Woodland Park won't be much different from the Plains on Tuesday. Highs will warm into the lower 40s, and it will turn breezy to windy again by the afternoon.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 20s; High: 40s. Highs will start to cool on Tuesday as it won't be as windy across the Palmer Divide. Near seasonal temperatures will give way to some much colder air by the end of the week.

PLAINS: Low: 0s/10s; High: 30s/40s. We're expecting another cold day across the Plains on Tuesday. Morning clouds, fog and drizzle will only give way partial clearing through the afternoon as an Arctic front hovers around the area.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 20s/30s; High: 50s. Mild and breezy on Tuesday for the southern I-25 corridor as we'll be just west of the Arctic front. Highs will top out in the 50s under partly cloudy skies.

MOUNTAINS: Low: 10s/20s; High: 30s/40s. Some snow will be possible across the Southern Colorado mountains on Tuesday, although most of it will fall across our state's central and northern mountain ranges. Other than some light snow showers, the mountains will see another windy day, with gusts to 50 mph.

Extended Outlook:
Further cooling is expected through the middle of the week as highs return to average by Wednesday. The extended forecast, although still tricky, is looking a little clearer tonight. In my updated forecast, we're bracing for a ride on the Arctic Express! Brutally cold air is expected to move into the Plains by Friday, with dangerous cold and negative overnight lows by the weekend. Make sure to take the necessary cold weather precautions soon before the big blast of COLD arrives late this week.

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