Strong winds, dangerous wind chills, and snow showers move into Colorado

Snow Accumulation
Posted at 6:15 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 20:47:01-05

Today’s Forecast:
The forecast gets a lot more active today as a cold front brings snow and wind into the region. A cold front will push south across our area between 8 to 10 am bringing 20 to 40 mph wind gusts from the north wind it. We'll see snow showers and flurries follow the front through the evening, but overall snow accumulations look light.

Snow should stack up best along the Monument Hill area, Teller County, the Wet and Sangre De Cristo Mountains, and light snow accumulation tonight is expected around the Raton Mesa. Even if you're in an area that shows snow accumulations between 0 to 1 inches, blowing snow could limit visibility at times when you're driving.


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The main story tonight will be the wind chills. We'll still see flurries and snow showers in the evening, especially south along the Raton Mesa and in our southern mountains, but the cold will be widespread. Wind speeds will blow between 15 to 30 mph, giving overnight temperatures in the teens a wind chill in the single digits and negatives.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 41; Low: 16. Blowing snow will move through late in the morning and continue into the evening hours but little accumulation is expected across the city. Wind gusts will be between 20 to 40 mph today and tonight with negative wind chills likely by Wednesday morning.

PUEBLO: High: 46; Low: 18. Flurries or sprinkles are possible today behind our cold front but no accumulation of snow is expected. Wind gusts will blow through around 20 to 40 mph today and relax only slightly tonight. Wind chills will be in the low single digits by Wednesday morning.

CANON CITY: High: 45; Low: 21. Flurries to light snow showers are possible today but accumulation looks to stay between 0 or maybe an inch at the most. Winds will gust between 20 to 30 mph today and tonight with single-digit wind chills possible by Wednesday morning.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 32; Low: 7. Snow is going to blow through Woodland Park late this morning and continue through the evening with 1 to 3 inches possible. Wind gusts could be between 15 to 30 mph and blowing snow could lead to very low visibility at times. Wind chills overnight and early Wednesday morning could be in the negatives.

TRI-LAKES: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Blowing snow is expected to move into the Tri-Lakes area mid-morning and continue through the evening hours. Snow totals will be between 1 to 3 inches, probably favoring areas west like Palmer Lake. Wind gusts today and tonight between 20 to 40 mph could lead to very low visibility. Overnight we'll see wind chills down into the negatives.

PLAINS: High: 40s; Low: 20s. The main story today will be the wind and cold as wind gusts blow between 30 to 50 mph along and behind the cold front this morning. The wind gusts will relax between 20 to 40 mph by the end of the day and overnight. There will be some flurries and sprinkles possible today and tonight, but really no accumulation is expected until some more flurries blow through tomorrow.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 40s; Low: 20s. We'll be windy and cold today with blowing snow arriving this afternoon and evening. Snow totals will be between 1 to 2 inches along I-25 from Walsenburg to Trinidad, but heavier snow is expected around La Veta and La Veta Pass. Wind gusts between 20 to 40 mph today and tonight could lead to very low visibility. Wind chills by Thursday morning could be in the single digits.

MOUNTAINS: High: 40s; Low: 20s. We're expecting gusty conditions are snow today and tonight, especially for the Sangre De Cristos and Wet Mountains. Areas like La Veta and Rye to Beulah could see some of the best snowfall, but towns like Salida will probably stay under 1 inch. Blowing snow over La Veta and Monarch pass could make travel difficult this afternoon and tonight. Wind chills will be in the single digits and negatives tonight through Wednesday morning.

Extended Outlook:
Flurries and light snow showers are still possible Wednesday, although mostly in the plains east of I-25 with little accumulation expected. We'll be super cold and still windy on Wednesday, but we'll warm up with sunshine over the weekend.