Not as frigid tonight, better warming ahead for Wednesday

Fresh snow at Quail Lake after our recent storm
Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 00:35:21-05

Tonight's Forecast: Overnight lows will be cold across Southern Colorado, but not quite as frigid as last night. Nonetheless, below freezing temperatures will allow for ice to re-develop on many of our roads again tonight, with areas of snow and ice likely Wednesday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 14; High: 48. We'll start the day in the teens on Wednesday, but end up in the upper 40s thanks to strong sunshine and light westerly winds.

PUEBLO: Low: 9; High: 49. On Wednesday, we're looking at a 40 degree spread in temperatures. Lows in the single digits will warm to near 50 degrees by the afternoon under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies.

CANON CITY: Low: 15; High: 51. Pour those layers on Wednesday morning as you head out the door. You'll be able to shed the heavy jackets by the afternoon, with highs warming into the lower 50s.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 10; High: 46. Dress in winter clothes in the morning, but be prepared to peel off some layers in the afternoon. Daytime highs will warm into the middle 40s, with breezy southwest winds to 15 mph.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 10s; High: 40s. Cold in the morning, with icy and snow-packed streets still a concern for untreated areas. Highs will be nice and pleasant, with snow melt taking place thanks to mostly sunny skies and above freezing temperatures.

PLAINS: Low: 0s/10s; High: 50s. It's looking like another bone-chilling cold morning for the Plains on Wednesday. The good news is that by the afternoon, mostly sunny skies will help to push temperatures into the 50s.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 10s; High: 40s/50s. The final Wednesday of fall will be a cold one for the morning hours. Afternoon sunshine and breezy west winds will push highs into the 40s and 50s.

Extended Outlook: A weak cold front will cool highs down a few degrees on Thursday, and bring some stronger gusts of wind to the forecast. By Friday, a strong ridge of high pressure moving into Colorado from the southwest will set the stage for a more significant warming trend this weekend. Winter officially begins on Saturday, and it's likely that highs for the first weekend of winter will be warming well into the 60s across most of Southern Colorado. That's more than 20 degrees above average for this time of the year!