Major blast of winter and snow arrives late Wednesday

Snow is on the way
Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 20:49:46-04

Tonight’s Forecast: We'll call it the "calm before the storm". Quiet conditions will persist tonight, with a more mild night on tap ahead of our next winter storm. Overnight lows should stay above freezing for the Springs and Canon City.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low - 34; High - 56. Calm and quiet early in the day, with increasing wind and clouds for the afternoon. A rain/snow mix starts up in central El Paso County during the evening commute, and changes to all snow before Midnight. Amounts through Thursday morning look to range between 3-6".

PUEBLO: Low - 31; High - 62. Mostly sunny skies early will turn mostly cloudy by late afternoon. A transition from rain to snow will take place late in the evening, with all snow after Midnight. In Pueblo, we're looking at 1-3" through midday Thursday.

CANON CITY: Low - 35; High - 61. Dry weather early with increasing wind during the afternoon. The rain to snow transition should hold off until well after the evening drive home. Snow totals through midday Thursday could range between 2-5".

WOODLAND PARK: Low - 28; High - 51. Wednesday will be windy, with increasing clouds. A brief period of late afternoon rain will quickly transition over to heavy snow by the dinner hour. In Woodland Park, my forecast is calling for 7-11" of snow to fall.

TRI-LAKES: Low - 20s; High - 50s. The morning will be fairly quiet, but the afternoon will be windy with increasing clouds. A brief period of rain or mixed precipitation begins by late afternoon, with snow picking up between 6 and 8 pm. Snow totals here are expected to range between 6-9".

PLAINS: Low - 30s; High - 60s. The wind will pick up across the Plains during the day on Wednesday. Rain begins here during the evening hours, with a changeover to snow not likely until after Midnight. Amounts should stay around 1".

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low - 30s; High - 60s. Pretty quiet for southern regions of the state on Wednesday. Rain will transition to snow after the evening commute. Totals in Walsenburg and Trinidad are expected to add up to 5-10".

Extended Outlook: The snow will taper off by late morning to early afternoon, except for areas of Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Snow could linger here well into the afternoon hours. Even as the snow ends, Thursday will be a mess. If you can avoid being outside or traveling during the day, I advise that you remain in your home. Warmer temperatures and dry skies return Friday and Saturday. Another stormy pattern will be possible heading into the weekend, with chances for snow from Sunday into the following Tuesday.