2018 ends with bitter cold and snow across southern Colorado

Weather

2018 is going out with a blast of cold and snow in southern Colorado. Here’s how the weather will affect your New Year’s Eve plans.

Forecast

An arctic cold front will race south this morning, with high temperatures occurring as it moves through. We’ll quickly fall behind it and wind chill values may drop below zero in the afternoon as we end up in the teens and 20s for temps with strong north wind gusts at times around 45 mph over the plains. Snow will develop along and behind the front, with terrain playing an important role in accumulation. Areas on the plains may see some flakes with the frontal passage, but accumulation of note will be confined to areas over and near the mountains.

Tonight, snow will continue for areas over and near the mountains, with the heaviest snow shifting to the south with time. For folks out celebrating, you need to know that it will be dangerously cold with wind chill tonight. Expect temps to be on either side of zero as we ring in the new year, but wind chill values in some areas will be between -20 and -30. By morning many areas will be below zero for temps and those that aren’t won’t be much above a goose egg.

Road conditions

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reporting icy and snow-packed roads across southern Colorado and the front range. Visit cotrip.org for a look at road conditions statewide

The city of Colorado Springs has fully activated its snow patrol, with 40 trucks monitoring and addressing affected areas Monday afternoon. 

Cold reporting

The Colorado Springs Police Department and Fountain Police Department are on cold reporting. If you are involved in a crash that meets the following conditions, you should exchange your information with the other drivers and complete a cold report within 72 hours.

– No fatalities or injuries.

– No driver or passenger is suspected of driving under the influence.

– All drivers are present with license, registration, and insurance information.

– No damage to public property, such as a street sign or utility pole, has occurred.

In Colorado Springs, go to a police department substation or coloradosprings.gov

In Fountain, go to the Fountain Police Department, any state patrol office, or colorado.gov/pacific/csp/crash-information .

Flight delays

Several flights arriving and departing at Colorado Springs Airport are delayed. Tap here to check your flight status

It’s a snowy day in Denver, and de-icing delays are possible at Denver International Airport. Check your flight status at flydenver.com

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