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Weather Alert Friday: Hazardous travel today

Today’s Forecast:
The forecast today is a mess and we have a lot going on through the area. Snow started falling late last night and will continue to fall over the high elevation areas like Monument Hill, Woodland Park and the mountains to our south, while rain falls in areas like Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Rain will be the main precip type for Pueblo and the plains, but for Colorado Springs, there will be both rain and snow (rain south and east, snow north and west). Any snow for the lower elevations will have to come later today and tonight when we cool down, but by that time there won’t be much left to fall. Monument Hill, Woodland Park, the southern I-25 corridor as well as the Wet and Sangre De Cristo mountains will see large snow totals by tonight and will experience the most dangerous driving conditions.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 36; Low – 26. Rain becomes a rain mixed with snow for the majority of the day. Areas generally north and west of downtown will see snow today and tonight, areas south and east will see more of a rain. Snow totals will be much higher on the north and west sides of town, possibly between 2 to 4 inches by tonight, where as areas downtown and to the airport will barely get any snowfall, likely under 1 inch.

PUEBLO: High – 40; Low – 28. Rain will be the main form of precipitation today across Pueblo due to temperatures being well above freezing for most of the day. Snow will fall at times today and especially this evening, but by the time the snow falls, not much moisture will be left and snow accumulation will stay well under one inch.

CANON CITY: High – 38; Low – 28. Rain in the morning will turn to a rain/snow mix and eventually snow tonight, but accumulations will stay much larger west of Canon City into Fremont county. Canon City should expect snow totals between 1 to 2 inches through tonight, but areas like Cotopaxi could easily see up to 4 inches.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 28; Low – 19. Heavy snow will continue to fall all day today and taper off this evening with gusty winds lowering visibility at times. Snow totals as of 5 am were already at 2.5″, and that means by the time the snow is done falling tonight, there could easily be 6 or more inches on the ground. Any drives on highway 24 and the surrounding smaller highways will be dangerous all day and extra caution should be taken.

TRI-LAKES: High – 20s; Low – 20s. Heavy snow will fall all day and night, slowly tapering off closer to midnight. Accumulating snow was seen as early as 4 to 5 am, and that means we should have no problem seeing AT LEAST 4 to 5 inches with the possibility of more through tonight. Drives north through Monument Hill to Castle Rock will be slow, slick and dangerous today and it’ll only get worse as the day goes on and more snow piles up.

PLAINS: High – 40s; Low – 20s. Rain is the main story for the plains today since temperatures are and will stay just too warm for snow. Some snow is expected this evening as temperatures drop, but by that time not much moisture will be left and areas in and around highway 50 will see well under an inch of snow. Baca and Las Animas counties could see quite a bit of snow this evening, areas around highway 160 from Kim to Springfield could see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow, but Kim would get more than Springfield.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 30s; Low – 20s. Wet snow at times mixed with rain will fall from the morning to the afternoon, but tonight when the temperatures fall, heavier snow will really start to accumulate. The roads could get slick today but we think it will be worse tonight when snow gets a better chance to stick to the roads. Walsenburg should see around 3 to 4 inches through tonight where Trinidad would be closer to 2 to 3. If temperatures can drop fast enough, those totals could go up.


EXTENDED FORECAST:
A few stray flurries may be left over by Saturday morning to the south, but most of us will be dry and cold. Clouds will stay in the skies through the weekend and that will help to keep us chilly through Sunday. Highs in the Springs will stay in the 30s and then turn to the 40s by the middle of next week. We’ll be dry for the extended forecast with no rain or snow in sight for awhile.

Sam Schreier

Sam Schreier

Sam Schreier is a meteorologist at KOAA in Colorado Springs Email: sschreier@koaa.com
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