(SOUTHERN COLORADO) — Things change fast as a cold front blasts south across the plains. It will move into the Pikes Peak Region between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Gusts out of the north between 30 and 50 mph will signal the arrival of the front. It should be in New Mexico by Midnight.
Behind the front expect perhaps a thunderstorm, but certainly rain and snow.
This storm is windier AND colder than the last storm that went through. FOX21 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister expects it to bring higher impacts for travelers.
In the Pikes Peak Region, travel conditions will deteriorate rapidly between 8 and 10 p.m., especially north and west of downtown Colorado Springs.
Snow squalls may combine with the wind to drop visibility to near zero under bursts of snow that may accumulate up to 2″ per hour, late Thursday evening. The snow will develop south of Pueblo quickly between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., and snow bursts up to 2″ per hour will combine with the wind to make travel challenging on I-25 south of Colorado City and through the Wet and Sangre de Cristo mountains.
In addition, the wind with this storm and the slightly colder temperatures compared to our storm earlier in the week make a flash freeze possible early Friday, April 28.
So, even after the intensity of the snow decreases, lingering winter travel issues may greet the higher terrain of the Pikes Peak Region early Friday. Snow will quickly decrease mid-morning over southern areas too.