Oct 24, 2012 9:39 AM by Craig Eliot

Breezy at times today...big changes still on the way!

TODAY: Breezy a touch cooler. High temps will soar all the way to 67 in the Springs and 76 in Pueblo. It won't be as windy this afternoon, but we will have winds about 15-20 mph this afternoon from the south/southwest. Unfortunately winds will be stronger around the Wetmore Fire and are expected to gust from the southwest in excess of 40 mph this afternoon! With the dry conditions, gusty winds and toasty temps we'll have extreme fire danger again! There is another RED FLAG WARNING from noon today through 7 PM for the following areas: Pueblo, Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Bent, Baca, Prowers Counties. The warning includes the Wet & Sangre De Cristo Mountains, but does not cover the Rampart Range or northern El Paso or Teller County.

TONIGHT: The cold front that is on the way will be blasting through our area starting at about 6-9 PM with winds over 35-40 mph! MUCH colder air behind the blustery front with a slight chance of a few rain/snow showers possible around the Pikes Peak region (Teller & El Paso County). no accumulations expected. Skies will probably stay partly cloudy to mostly clear for the Thursday commute.

THURSDAY: Much colder temps and by later in the day it will become cloudier with a chance of rain and snow showers. High temps will only reach 37 degrees in Colorado Springs and 41 in Pueblo! Wind chill values during the day will make it feel even colder. There will be about a 20-30% chance of light rain or snow during the late morning and early afternoon around the Pikes Peak region. Chances for snow go ‘way' up by late afternoon and evening...especially in places like northern El Paso County (Monument/USAFA) and Teller County (Woodland Park/Cripple Creek). We are expecting accumulations of about 4-6"+ over the higher elevations...including Teller County and northern El Paso County/Monument Hill. Because of the much colder air it will even see some snow by late evening & overnight for the lower elevations....including: Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the rest of eastern Colorado. Accumulations in places like Colorado Springs could be as much as 2 maybe 4" of snow. The ground will still be so warm from our toasty temps the last few days and will limit snowfall from accumulating in some areas. Places like Pueblo, La Junta and Lamar will have much lower chances for snowfall accumulations!

FRIDAY: We start the day with areas of snow showers activity and very cold temps. It will likely be a sloppy commute with the combination of snow and warm roads. Snow showers will taper-off in the morning and early afternoon and it will be cold. 34 in Colorado Springs and 37 in Pueblo! Later in the afternoon skies will become partly cloudy and any lingering morning showers ending. Clearing skies will set us up for a VERY cold night Friday with lows expected to bottom-out in the teens. If you are headed out to watch some Friday night football it will be VERY cold!

SATURDAY: The weekend starts on a cold note, but with mostly sunny skies. By afternoon our high temps will warm-up to 48 in Colorado Springs and 50 in Pueblo with plenty of sun.

SUNDAY-TUESDAY: We'll end the weekend and start the new week with abundant sunshine and milder temps. Max temps will reach 54 in Colorado Springs and 58 in Pueblo. By Monday and Tuesday...more sunshine and a little bit of a warming trend. Temps will be in the lower 60's in the Springs and middle 60's in Pueblo.



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