The coldest air of the season moves in tonight as an arctic airmass sinks in from the north. Temperatures will plummet to single digits and teens. With wind chill, it will be feeling much colder with “feels like” temperatures below zero in spots Friday morning.
This evening, light snow will sag south out of Denver into the Pikes Peak Region – favoring Monument Hill, Black Forest and I-25 through the gap. Heaviest snow falls late tonight and through the overnight hours.
Snow early on Friday will decrease through the morning from north to south and sun will come out, especially over northern areas through the afternoon. Don’t expect that to help temps though! We will stay in the teens and 20s all day Friday.
If initial snow melts, we’ll see icy roads into Friday morning because temps are going to keep dropping overnight. Snow will continue too as it overspreads the viewing area from east of the Continental Divide and out across parts of the plains.
It’s going to be the fluffy, airy type snow which will accumulate across parts of the area. Expect a few inches over the higher terrain south of Pueblo and in the Pikes Peak Region.
The slopes of Pikes Peak, the west side of Denver and west of the Mile High City into the mountains should get the most. Sometimes roads don’t get too bad with fluffy snow – cars will just blow it off to the sides of the road as they move through. It will depend on how quickly we get into the single digits and teens and what time snow starts in your area.
Clearing Friday night means a really cold start to the weekend, before a warming trend begins during the afternoon. We’ll thaw out over the weekend, with sun and highs boosting back closer to seasonal.