Dec 1, 2013 6:21 PM by Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann
After a mostly clear and cold night, temperatures will rebound quickly from the 20s/30s Monday morning to the 50s/60s Monday afternoon. It'll be mostly sunny out once again, but winds will be an issue gusting up to 50 to 60 mph over the mountains and up to 30 mph at times over the lower elevations.
The windy conditions will continue into Tuesday. Clouds will be on the increase throughout the day Tuesday with northern areas including the Palmer Divide and the Pikes Peak region holding a slight chance for rain changing over to snow late in the day as a cold front pushes south.
This cold front will usher in colder air for Wednesday. This will be the beginning of a prolonged period of extreme cold across the state. The front will also bring areas of light snow to Southern Colorado mainly Wednesday into Thursday. A strong Canadian high behind the front will usher in frigid Arctic air to Southern Colorado meaning highs in the teens/20s and lows around zero degrees Thursday through the weekend.
When it comes to snowfall totals, the mountains look to receive one to two feet snow through the second half of the week. Locally, light amounts are likely across the lower elevations during the middle of the week with areas like Teller County possible seeing 6 to 12 inches Tuesday night into Wednesday. Snowfall amounts will become more clear as we get closer to the systems arrival, so stay tuned.
Don't get caught unprepared and left in the cold this week! Take time to prepare your car, home, and business over the next couple of days. This is a great time to check your heating sources and insulate any exposed pipes. Have a plan for your outdoor pets as well during the upcoming cold snap. Be safe out there and stay warm!
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