What you need to know about the Winter Storm hitting Colorado later today through Tuesday.

Posted at 6:33 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 14:42:20-05

Winter Storm Arrives tonight and leaves Tuesday afternoon:
A powerful Winter Storm will move into northern Colorado later today afternoon with snow arriving to the Pikes Peak region generally after 9 pm, spreading south through the region overnight into Tuesday morning. Snowfall will be accompanied by very strong winds gusting from 40 to 60 mph for areas along and especially east of the interstate from Tuesday morning through the afternoon.

Snowfall totals will vary wildly across El Paso County, with the largest accumulations showing up from Monument Hill to Castle Rock. Driving north of Monument after midnight tonight is not advised and will be extremely dangerous Tuesday morning through the afternoon.

The other large impact from this storm will be the dangerous cold we'll experience on Tuesday. Wind chills on Tuesday will drop into the teens and single digits across the region from Tuesday morning through the overnight hours.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 50; Low: 25. Dry and mild today ahead of the large winter storm. Snow will start falling generally after 10 pm with deteriorating conditions from the overnight hours through Tuesday morning. The heaviest snow will fall generally along and north of Woodmen Road, but downtown could still see between 3 to 5 inches of snow by Tuesday evening. The strongest winds gusting between 30 to 50 mph will happen on the east side of the interstate, meaning that there will be blizzard like conditions while snow is falling.

PUEBLO: High: 60; Low: 30. Dry and warm today ahead of the large winter storm that will impact areas north of Pueblo much harder than the city itself. Snow will start showing up late tonight, mainly after 2am and continue through Tuesday morning. Strong winds gusting between 30 to 50 mph will make even 1 to 2 inches of snow very difficult to drive through Tuesday morning through the afternoon.

CANON CITY: High: 50; Low: 30. Dry and warm today ahead of the winter storm set to hit Fremont County and Canon City late tonight, with snow starting generally by or after 10 pm. Conditions will be deteriorating overnight with gusty winds and slick Tuesday morning drives.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 50; Low: 20. Dry and cool today with a few flurries showing up this evening, but the main heavy snow not till after 10 pm tonight. Snow will increase overnight with diminishing snowfall through Tuesday afternoon.

TRI-LAKES: High: 30s; Low: 10s. Winter storm warnings are in place through the Tri-Lakes area due to heavy snow and very strong winds gusting between 30 to 40 mph. Flurries could show up as soon as 7 pm tonight, but most of the heavy snow will wait until or after 10 pm and continue heavy through Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon. Travel will be dangerous overnight but especially for the first half of Tuesday, with the heaviest snow and strongest winds are falling together.

PLAINS: High: 50s; Low: 20s. Warm and breezy today ahead of a major winter storm that will impact areas north of highway 50 heaviest overnight tonight through Tuesday. Snowfall totals will not be all that high for the plains north of highway 50, but strong winds gusting between 40 to 60 mph will make even light snow difficult to travel through due to low visibility and drifting country roads. Snow will not start falling across the plains north of highway 50 till after midnight, with snow showers spreading south of highway 50s later in the day Tuesday.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 50s; Low: 20s. Warm and breezy with dry skies today. Snowfall will not be much of an issue for the southern I-25 corridor tonight and Tuesday, with only a dusting to an inch or two expected through Trinidad and Walsenburg by the time this storm wraps up Tuesday. Only a few flurries will show up tonight, most of the accumulating snow will arrive Tuesday afternoon. High winds could still make even light snow tricky to drive through.

Extended Outlook:
Wednesday is going to be dry but COLD with lighter winds and highs in the 20s and low 30s across the lower elevations. There is a chance for snow on Thanksgiving across southern Colorado, but as of now, the chance of a winter mix on Friday is the better bet. We'll track these two late week storms closely in case of any changes.