High fire danger today with snow overnight

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Posted at 6:09 AM, Apr 02, 2020

Today’s Forecast:
We have an active weather pattern in store for southern Colorado, with high fire danger mixed in with rain and snow.

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Snow fall expectations for Thursday, 4/2/2020

Snow is going to stay mostly in the Pikes Peak Region and the mountains of northern Fremont County. Snow totals look best in northern El Paso County near Monument, with 2 to 5 inches possible through most of Teller County. A lot of the accumulation will stay in the grass, but we'll get cold enough tonight that highway 24 in Teller County could get icy.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 52; Low: 24. Cloudy skies with building winds through the afternoon. We'll see rain first at the end of the day, but quickly switch to snow around 5 to 7 pm and continue to snow just past midnight. Snow accumulations will be highest north of Woodmen Road, and west of I-25. There could be icy spots when temperatures dip below freezing tonight.

PUEBLO: High: 63; Low: 25. Building clouds with very strong afternoon winds and high fire danger in the afternoon. While seeing an isolated shower is possible this evening, Pueblo stands a better chance of staying dry today and tonight.

CANON CITY: High: 60; Low: 26. Increasing clouds and winds through the afternoon. We could easily see rain and snow showers this evening, but any snow accumulation would be next to nothing, and stay mostly in the grass.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 43; Low: 18. Cloudy and cold before rain quickly changes to snow this afternoon with a heavy burst of snow expected in the evening. Snow totals in Woodland Park will be between 2 to 5 inches tonight, with Cripple Creek seeing around an inch or two less.

TRI-LAKES: High: 40s; Low: 20s. Cloudy and windy this afternoon with late day rain quickly switching to snow through the evening hours. Blowing snow could quickly reduce visibility for any evening commutes from Denver, but I-25 is likely to stay mostly wet or slushy during the snow. Snow totals will range from 2 to 4 inches across most of the Tri Lakes area, with higher totals on the east side of I-25.

PLAINS: High: 60s; Low: 20s. Strong, gusty winds for most of the day today with building clouds and dry skies. Fire danger remains very high this afternoon, so if you see smoke, report it quickly!

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 60s; Low: 20s. We're expecting to stay dry for Walsenburg and Trinidad today but we'll have very high fire danger in the afternoon. Wind gusts will be in the 30 to low 40 mph range.

Extended Outlook:
Friday should be dry but watch for icy streets in the morning. Anything that got snow or rain overnight could get slick when we pass below freezing tonight. Saturday is going to stay cloudy, but we'll warm up with highs back in the 50s and mid 60s. Sunday is going to be the best day of the weekend with brighter skies and warmer temperatures. Next week looks just windy and dry for now.