Cooler on Sunday, with areas of smoke and haze

Rocky Mountain National Park
Posted at 6:16 PM, Oct 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 20:16:12-04

Tonight's Forecast:
As a cold front sweeps through Southern Colorado this evening, a quick push of gusty northerly winds will help to spread thicker smoke and haze into our region. Behind the front, colder air will settle in, making for a chilly start to our Sunday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 34; High: 58. Cooler weather on Sunday to close out the weekend, with highs down some 15 to 20 degrees from Saturday. There will also be areas of thick smoke and haze hanging around, but this should start to lift and clear by the afternoon.

PUEBLO: Low: 37; High: 59. After seeing highs in the middle 80s on Saturday, highs on Sunday will struggle to get out of the upper 50s. Planning might want to trade in the shorts and t-shirts for jeans and long sleeves.

CANON CITY: Low: 42; High: 60. Breezy, hazy and cooler on Sunday, and you'll notice the cool down with highs expected to be around 20 degrees cooler than Saturday.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 30; High: 56. Below freezing lows on Sunday will give way to a much cooler afternoon. Dry and breezy by the afternoon, with highs only warming into the middle 50s.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 20s/30s; High: 50s. Much colder by Sunday morning, with lows starting out in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Highs will be more in sync with the season, only warming into the 50s.

PLAINS: Low: 30s; High: 40s/50s. Gray skies in the morning, with areas of low clouds, fog and smoke. Improving sky conditions are expected by the afternoon as temperatures only warm into the upper 40s and 50s.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 30s; High: 60s. Chilly lows, and cooler highs on Sunday. We're likely to see some smoke in the morning, but that should thin out in coverage by the afternoon,.

Extended Outlook:
After a fall-like feel to the forecast on Sunday, a warming trend will push highs into above average territory early next week. The heat will peak next Tuesday, when some areas will see a return to the 80s. A cold front that moves into Southern Colorado on Thursday will likely bring more wind to the forecast, and increase the fire weather risk. What we'd really like to see is some rain or snow around here. The forecast next weekend hints at a pattern change. It's too far out to put much confidence in these changes, but we'll be watching the forecast closely over the next several days.

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