Heavy snow expected tonight through early tomorrow morning

Snow Accumulation
Pikes Peak Region Snow Accumulation
Posted at 5:44 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 19:55:13-05

Today’s Forecast:
The forecast could get really fun late today and tonight due to a chance for convective snow! Convective snow is when a snowstorm has elements that act like a thunderstorm. You can get really heavy pockets over very small and localized areas.

Today we're looking at the mountains and surrounding towns for the heaviest snow. Western El Paso county down through the Wet and Sangre De Cristo Mountains will see the heaviest snow through the overnight hours. Snow will start falling in the mountains first in the mid to late afternoon and spread east to the interstate this evening.

Pikes Peak Region Snow Accumulation
Snowfall in the Pikes Peak Region from tonight through Thursday 2/18/2021

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 33; Low: 12. Cold and dry today but snow could start falling as early as 3 to 4 pm! El Paso and Teller Counties are the hardest forecast areas for snow tonight. Thundersnow potential over Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range could lead to super heavy snow over the mountains and adjacent towns like Cascade and Manitou springs, but lighter amounts from downtown east out to Powers. There's enough coming through the region that most roads will get slick and snow-covered overnight through Thursday morning.

PUEBLO: High: 34; Low: 13. Pueblo will be dry and cold today but snow will start falling this evening and continue through early Thursday morning. We're probably too far east for convective snow, but we could still get a general 1 to 3 inches across the region. We tend to see the most accidents on a 1 to 3 inch snow since people go too fast and underestimate how slick the roads can get.

CANON CITY: High: 38; Low: 19. Cold and dry today with snow overnight through early Thursday morning. The heaviest snow will likely be in the mountains outside of town, especially south into the Wet Mountain towns. A general 1 to 4 inches are possible across Canon City through early Thursday morning.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 29; Low: 9. Cold and dry today but snow will likely start falling in the mid-afternoon and pick up heavier through the evening hours. We'll be dry by early Thursday morning with big accumulations likely through the county, especially from Divide east into Cascade. Thundersnow is possible tonight and that could lead to a few surprise snow totals in the county near 8 inches! Woodland Park and Cripple Creek will likely collect somewhere between 3 to 7 inches.

TRI-LAKES: High: 20s; Low: <10. Cold and cloudy today with moderate to heavy snow late today and tonight. Snow will be heaviest on the west side of I-25 in Palmer Lake and up over the Rampart Range, but we could see 3 to 5 inches from Monument to Woodmoor, and even out near Black Forest. Convective thundersnow is possible over the region but a bit more likely to stay up over the Rampart Range this evening.

PLAINS: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Very cold through the morning and still pretty chilly in the afternoon. We'll stay dry today and most of us east of La Junta will stay dry tonight. Only a bit of snow is expected through the plains with an inch or less possible in Crowley and Otero Counties.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Cold and dry today with snow tonight through Thursday morning. The heaviest snow, some of which could be thundersnow, will happen west over the Sangres and La Veta, Cuchara, and La Veta Pass. Mountain and pass drives overnight and early tomorrow will likely be very tough and dangerous. Heavy snow could still blow out to Walsenburg and Trinidad with 3 to 5 inches possible along I-25 through both cities.

MOUNTAINS: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Heavy and convective (storm-like) snow is likely over the mountains late today through tonight. Luckily the winds won't be overly strong but we could see an easy 3 to 5 inches for most mountain towns around the Wets and Sangres. Expect slick and snowy roads tonight through early tomorrow morning.

Extended Outlook:
We will be dry Thursday afternoon but still chilly even after the sun comes out. Friday looks much warmer with highs back in the 40s and a few 50s! We could see a few flurries over our mountains on Saturday, but most now look to stay dry. Next week looks great with highs back in the 50s and even a few 60s!

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