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Rain changes to snow later today and tonight

Snow Accumulation 12/27/2020
Posted at 5:53 AM, Jan 27, 2020

Today’s Forecast:
A bit of an active day across southern Colorado is expected as rain and snow leave the Continental Divide and push through the Front Range and plains later today. Pockets of light snow and rain are possible in the morning, but most of our moisture will come after lunchtime. We'll be warm enough that moisture will fall as rain across most of the region at first, turning to snow quickly as the end of the day and evening goes along.

If you're driving home from Denver today, you'll drive through light snow on Monument Hill. Areas like Pueblo and Canon City will be warm enough today that most of the moisture that we see will be rain, with very little snow accumulation expected. Snow will end this evening lastly over the plains, with clearing skies and temperatures falling into the 20s by Tuesday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 47; Low: 24. Rain changes to snow mainly after lunch across Colorado Springs, with snow totals somewhere between a dusting to 1 inch, mainly on grassy areas. A few areas of town, especially the north and west sides, could see over an inch if the rain can change over quickly enough in the afternoon.

PUEBLO: High: 51; Low: 22. Rain is expected through the afternoon with a gradual change over into light snow in the early evening hours. Snow totals over Pueblo will remain pretty weak, mostly due to warm pavement and most of the moisture falling as rain at first. Whatever snow does fall should stay under 1 inch and collect mostly in the grassy areas.

CANON CITY: High: 51; Low: 28. A few flurries or sprinkles are possible in the morning, before the main rain arrives after lunch. Rain will turn to snow at the end of the day and in the evening hours, but with very little accumulation from warm pavement and warm air temperatures. What snow does fall late today or this evening should stay under 1 inch and collect mostly in the grassy areas.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 50; Low: 20. A few flurries or sprinkles are possible in the morning, but most of our moisture will fall around and after lunch time. Rain will fall first, but we'll quickly see a change over to snow as temperatures cool into the 30s. Snow totals through the end of the day and evening will range from 1 to 3 inches across town.

TRI-LAKES: High: 40s; Low: 10s. Rain changes to snow around and after lunchtime today, but with small accumulations across the Tri-Lakes area. Due to the elevation, the rain change over today will happen fairly quickly, but warm pavement temperatures will limit snow accumulation on I-25 over Monument Hill. Snow totals through the evening will range from a dusting to 2 inches, especially in grassy areas.

PLAINS: High:50s; Low: 20s. Rain will show up in the afternoon and continue through the overnight hours, turning into a snow this evening as temperatures fall back into the 30s. Snow totals look best east of Otero and Crowley Counties, ranging from a trace to 2 inches from Baca through Powers, Bent, and Kiowa Counties. Overnight and early morning drives tomorrow could be slick from icy conditions.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 40/50s; Low: 20s. Rain will show up mainly in the afternoon and evening today, with a quick change over to snow this evening. Snow totals will be greatest in the mountains west of I-25 like over La Veta Pass, but I-25 from Walsenburg to Trinidad could still see anywhere between a dusting to 2 inches overnight. There could be some slick drives due to icy conditions in the evening and early tomorrow morning.

Extended Outlook:
Tuesday will be chilly and breezy, but with dry skies and sunshine. We'll see cloud cover increase Tuesday night, before the next chance for light snow showers Wednesday and flurries on Thursday. Snow totals on Wednesday look pretty light across the region. The weekend warms up with 50s and 60s on the map, under sunny and dry skies.