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Unseasonably warm weather for the first few days of winter

Orange sunset over Pikes Peak
Posted at 5:51 PM, Dec 21, 2019

Tonight's Forecast: Winter officially begins here in the Northern Hemisphere this evening, but our forecast in Southern Colorado won't be feeling much like winter at all over the next couple of days. Late night temperatures will resemble winter the most, with the coldest air tonight across the mountains and San Luis Valley. Lows along the I-25 corridor will drop down to the 20s under partly cloudy skies.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 27; High: 64. After a chilly start to our Sunday, we'll see unseasonably warm highs for the first full day of winter. Highs in the 60s across much of El Paso County.

PUEBLO: Low: 20; High: 63. Cold morning temperatures will moderate into the 60s for daytime highs under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

CANON CITY: Low: 28; High: 62. Warm highs and a mix of sun and clouds to wrap up the weekend in Canon City. Breezy west winds 10-15 mph for the afternoon.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 24; High: 57. Layer up in the morning, with temperatures briefly below freezing until just after sunrise. Highs will be warmer as we end the weekend in the upper 50s.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 20s; High: 50s/60s. Below freezing in the morning, with a nice and mild day to follow. No sign of snow on Sunday, but skies will be on the cloudy side to close out the weekend.

PLAINS: Low: 10s/20s; High: 60s. A dry airmass will deliver a cold morning, but a very warm afternoon across the Plains on Sunday. Highs could approach 70 degrees in southeastern parts of the state.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 20s; High: 50s/60s. With highs in the 50s and 60s on Sunday, it's hard to believe that we're just days away from Christmas with weather like this.

Extended Outlook: Monday's forecast looks pretty similar to Sunday, with highs some 20 degrees above average for this time of the year. A dry cold front arrives late Monday night into Tuesday morning, with temperatures dropping more than 10 degrees on Tuesday. This system will bring snow to the mountains of Colorado, mostly along and west of the Continental Divide. Local impacts include the chance for some snow flurries around Teller and Fremont counties at night on Christmas Eve, with just a very slim chance of snow for areas east of the mountains through Christmas Day.