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Weather Alert Saturday: Left over snow keeps high elevation roads slick

Today’s Forecast:
The snowstorm of Friday has moved east, but the left overs are still impacting southern Colorado. North winds are going to continue to pile snow on top of Monument Hill, the Front Range through southern mountains, and araes south of highway 50, basically wherever the terrain starts to rise. Even though this leftover snow is much lighter, we are much colder, and that means any location that sees snow, mainly this morning, will see very slick and dangerous roads. Many locations today, especially in the lower elevations, will rise above freezing in the afternoon, and that means we’ll see better driving conditions later in the day. The snow will gradually stop as the day goes on, other than flurries lingering longer into the mountains, but wet areas could easily freeze tonight.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 37; Low – 21. Leftover light snow on the north side of town through the morning, although a flake or two might still try and fall through the midday. I-25 should stay well treated and warm enough to remain wet, but side streets, especially up north of Woodmen, will stay slippery through tonight. Ice could be a problem over any snowy or wet spots as temps drop well below freezing.

PUEBLO: High – 42; Low – 23. A few stray flurries that might turn to a sprinkle in the mid morning could fall in Pueblo, but most of town will stay dry and chilly today under thick cloud cover.

CANON CITY: High – 38; Low – 22. Flurries are possible through the morning with very slick roads on highway 50 drives west as heavier leftover snow falls over the first half of the day. Tonight any wet areas could get icy when temperatures drop below freezing.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 26; Low – 13. Snow showers turn to light flurries as the morning turns to the midday, with dry skies expected by this evening. The roads are and will stay covered in snow today, especially during the morning as snow continues to stick to cold roadways. Tonight very cold temperatures could lead to icing issues for all roads in and around Woodland Park, so be very careful on your evening drives.

TRI-LAKES: High – 20s; Low – 10s. Snow will continue to fall from the morning with a few stray flurries and flakes sticking around through the midday. Despite a heavy CDOT snow treatment, be careful when driving over Monument Hill during the morning hours, as snow could override the snow-melt and make things slick. The side streets, bridges and on/off ramps will be the slickest areas in the Tri-Lakes today, with any wet spots possibly turning to ice tonight as temperatures plummet.

PLAINS: High – 40s; Low – 20s. Scattered light snow showers to sprinkles will be along and south of highway 50 through the first half of the day, but limited snow accumulation is expected until you get closer to I-25 and south to Las Animas. Tonight any wet road could get icy and slick.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 30s; Low – 10s. Snow showers through the morning will slowly diminish as the day goes on. Mountain pass roads will continue to be the slickest areas to drive through, and all areas covered in snow and rain could easily turn to ice by tonight.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
The snow will end today and tonight, but that means any lingering wet and snow covered roads, especially in the mountains, will become icy and slick tonight. Temperatures tomorrow will continue to stay cold, but we’ll run above freezing for several areas and continue to melt down snow. Warmer air really arrives on Monday with highs back in the 40s, and 50s back on the map towards the end of the week! Snow is possible around next Friday, but we’re still going to need to watch it closely.

Sam Schreier

Sam Schreier

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