Strong storm on the way to southern Colorado Wednesday

Weather

Don’t be fooled by the warmth early this week. Winter will return for parts of Colorado for the middle of the week. 

We’ll be a little warmer than Monday on Tuesday with many areas on the plains in the 80s. By the afternoon humidity levels for many areas will be below 15% as desert air funnels in ahead of a cold front. While the wind won’t be too bad, a few gusts in the afternoon may end up between 20-35mph and as a result, fire weather concerns start to rise.

Be a good neighbor and don’t toss cigarette butts out the window, and save agricultural burning for another day.

The changes move in on Wednesday. It’s likely to start mild, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, but we’ll fall fast in the afternoon and get quite windy as a strong cold front blasts south. Along with the arrival of the cooler air, a shot of rain, snow, and even some thunder is possible as the temperatures plummet.

Over our local mountains and the Palmer Divide, temperatures will be cold enough to support snow. A burst of snow is likely to occur to the north of Colorado Springs on Wednesday afternoon into the early evening. Combined with the strong wind that will be blowing out of the north, a period of whiteout conditions is expected to occur. Those traveling to Denver early Wednesday should be aware that the drive home is likely to be difficult.

While how much snow may fall is still up in the air, impacts will occur regardless of how much sticks. The path and speed of the storm moving to the northeast will determine what we get, but the ground is warm and that plays a role this time of year too. We expect to be able to iron out the details over the next 24 hours. Snowflakes are likely in parts of Colorado Springs as the colder air arrives too.

If the storm comes a little farther to the south, the amount of snow over the Palmer Divide and our local mountains will go up. We’ll keep an eye on that, too.

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