Snow returns to the mountains for Christmas, but not likely for the Plains

Sunrise over Pueblo West
Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 20:36:45-05

Tonight's Forecast: Mostly cloudy to cloudy skies will continue across Southern Colorado through Christmas Eve morning. Dry weather will prevail from the I-25 corridor into the Plains through the overnight hours, with snow increasing over the mountains from west to east. Lows tonight will remain warmer than average in most areas.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 35; High: 55. While we should typically be in the teens for lows this time of the year, Christmas Eve starts out in the 30s, with highs warming into the middle 50s.

PUEBLO: Low: 32; High: 58. Near freezing temperatures early Tuesday will be give way to an unseasonably warm afternoon. West winds to 10 mph.

CANON CITY: Low: 37; High: 57. Christmas Eve will be a warm one this year. Lows in the upper 30s will give way to highs in the upper 50s. West winds to 10 mph.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 30; High: 47. Dry skies during the day on Christmas Eve, with the potential for a few snow flurries late in the evening and into Christmas Day morning.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 30s; High: 40s/50s. It'll be a dry and mild Christmas Eve for northern El Paso County. A few snow flurries could develop here late Tuesday night, but we're not expecting it to stick to the ground.

PLAINS: Low: 20s/30s; High: 50s/60s. Warm weather will continue for at least one more day across the Plains. Highs will top out in the 50s and 60s under mostly cloudy skies.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 30s; High: 50s. Unseasonably warm and dry this year for Christmas Eve. A few snow flurries will be possible heading into Tuesday night.

Extended Outlook: Periods of mountain snow will be the big story through Christmas Day. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the San Juan Mountains from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening, with totals expected to range between 7 and 14". Travel delays and impacts will be likely in the mountains Tuesday and Wednesday, with dry skies and cooler temperatures by Thursday. Our next chance for widespread snow returns on Friday and Saturday, but it's far from certain given that the storm is expected to take more of a southerly track.