(SOUTHERN COLORADO) — A strong arctic cold front has been moving south across the eastern plains of Colorado early Wednesday morning. Temperatures have just been dropping since midnight.

East of the mountains our high temperatures were at midnight….we’ll keep slowly dropping through the remainder of the morning. At 8 a.m. we’re already 15 to 40 degrees colder than this time Tuesday morning.

24 hour temperature change as of 8 a.m. Wednesday

Along with the cold, the wind will also begin to pick up, especially across the mountains through Wednesday afternoon.

The wind coupled with the cold air, will make it feel a lot colder today. Wind chills have been dropping all morning long and are in the single digits to near zero at 8 a.m.

With the cold and wind, snow showers will begin to develop, making travel Wednesday morning and afternoon difficult at times across the Front Range. Travel will be even more difficult to impossible across the mountains.

Darker blues indicating heavier snow band development

We expect some light snow in the Pikes Peak Region through Wednesday morning with some more intense bands or bursts moving across the area late morning-early afternoon.

As for the higher terrain south of Pueblo and the southern I-25 corridor during the late morning and afternoon Wednesday, a few inches are possible for Pueblo if a burst or two hits us with much of the same across Teller County and northern El Paso County.

Travel across the Front Range begins to get tough after 8 AM

Depending on where some of the stronger snow bands set up, that will determine if you end on the high end of ranges. 1-4 inches looks likely from Denver to the Pikes Peak Region, and up to an inch is expected in Pueblo south. Snow and wind start to taper down early Thursday morning, Feb. 23.

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