Mar 8, 2013 9:12 AM by Craig Eliot

Fast moving storm will bring wind, rain and snow

TODAY: A mix of clouds and sunshine and warm again today. Temps will reach 58 in Colorado Springs and 67 in Pueblo. As the day progresses we'll see increasing clouds and a slight chance for an isolated rain shower or even a stray thunderstorm or two. Chances are only about 15-30% for the News 5 viewing area after about 2 or 3 PM. Gusty winds above 30 mph expected across southeastern Colorado around Lamar and Springfield

TONIGHT: Storms system continues to approach the region, which means snow will really start flying across the high country and ski resorts. Locally winds will become gusty and a cold front roll through. The combination of moisture and colder air will increase the chance of rain and snow showers for areas close to the mountains and areas west of I-25. Best chances for snow will be in northern Colorado, the Palmer Divide/Monument Hill and mountains close to home. Temps tonight will likely drop to the lower 30's for the Springs and Pueblo. It will just feel colder because of the gusty winds.

FRIDAY: Quiet weather to begin the day with temps warming-up nicely again during the early afternoon. Snow will really start flying during the day for the ski resorts and we could even see a few scattered rain showers or even a stray thunderstorm by later afternoon/early evening. High temps should rise to 57 and 65 for Colorado Springs and Pueblo. In the mountains there are WINTER STORM WATCHES are posted for much of the high country and even some WINTER STORM WARNINGS for the southwestern San Juan Mountains from Friday morning through Saturday evening. One to two feet of snow are possible in the warning area and about 8-16" for spots in the mountains covered by the watches! There will also be a WINTER STORM WATCH starting Friday night through Saturday evening for northern and northeastern Colorado north from the Palmer Divide...including Denver. It is ‘possible' that these areas could see a range of 6-12 inches snow during that time frame.

SATURDAY: Snow, wind and even some rain expected for eastern Colorado! A BLIZZARD WARNING begins at 5 AM through 8 PM for northern & north eastern El Paso County! Blizzard conditions are expected in and around: Monument, Black Forest, USAFA, Peyton and Calhan. Winds of around 50 mph, combined with snow will cause white-out conditions at times. 4-9"+ are a good bet, but due to the wind we'll have drifts higher than that. There are also now WINTER STORM WARNINGS for Teller County and the Rampart Range for the same time frame. Woodland Park, Cripple Creek and Divide would see about 5-10"+ of snow by tomorrow evening. The Wet and Sangre de Cristo Mountains are covered by WINTER STORM WATCHES from late tonight through Saturday evening. As much as 6-12" of snow will be possible in these areas. Through Saturday night we could have 1-3" for Colorado Springs about 6" for USAFA. Canon City, Pueblo, La Junta and Trinidad should only see just a trace of rain or snow with minimal to no accumulations possible...mainly because temps will reach the lower to middle 40's for highs.

SUNDAY: Fast moving storm exits the region and leaves us with a breezy day with chilly temps and mostly sunny skies. High temps will only be around 40 in the Springs with colder temps where there is more snow cover. Pueblo will reach a high of about 47 degrees. It will feel a bit colder during the day, especially on the eastern plains, because of the breezy winds at times from the north at 15-35 mph.

MONDAY-THURSDAY: Weather for next week will be MUCH warmer and drier. Sunny skies on Monday with temps in the mid 50's in the Springs and right around 60 in Canon City and Pueblo. Mostly sunny skies and even warmer for Tuesday through Thursday with temps with highs rising to the upper 50's to near 60 in Colorado Springs and mid 60's to near 70's for Pueblo and the plains. Enjoy!



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