Weather - Forecast

Feb 10, 2014 6:26 PM by John Dissauer

Extended Cold Followed By Mid-week Warm-up

Skies have remained cloudy, foggy and at times have had periods of snow falling.  Temperatures only topped out in the 20°s for most of southern and southeastern Colorado.

Expect to see cloudy skies overnight.  There could be dense fog overnight, especially along the U.S. 50 corridor from Pueblo east to Lamar.  Visibilities less than 1/4 of a mile will be possible.  Temperatures will remain below freezing overnight, so the fog that develops will be freezing fog.  This could produce a few slick spots through morning.

IMPRESSIVE COLD STREAK

We have been in the midst of a snap of cold weather over the last two weeks.  The drop in temperatures started January 27 and has continued through Monday.  During the 15 days, Colorado Springs has had 13 days with below normal temperatures and Pueblo has had 14 days with below normal temperatures.  That works out to 87% of the days for Colorado Springs and 93% of the days for Pueblo.

During the same time period, Colorado Springs has had a temperature deficit of 176° leading to 12.6° below normal per day.  Pueblo has had a temperature deficit of 195° leading to 13.9° below normal per day.

SNOW ADDING UP

Big snow numbers coming in from parts of the mountains.  According to CDOT, Wolf Creek pass has picked up 77" of snow since January 30.

THAWING OUT

Temperatures should finally get above freezing for much of southern Colorado Tuesday afternoon.  We will still see mostly cloudy skies, but temperatures should reach the 40°s along the I-25 corridor.  Over the southeastern Plains temperatures may be held down a bit due to snow on the ground.  Temperatures there may only top out in the lower 30°s.  (Colorado Springs: 44° | Pueblo: 46°)

Medium-range computer models continue to suggest warmer air moving in to southern Colorado for mid-week and in through the weekend.  Temperatures topping out in the 50°s and 60°s will be common Wednesday through Friday.  Data also suggests temperatures could get as high as the 70°s for parts of the KOAA viewing area this weekend.  If you like the warmer weather, keep your fingers crossed.  - Meteorologist John Dissauer

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