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Dec 14, 2012 10:03 AM by Craig Eliot

Light showers today & chilly. Snow & wind in mountains!

TODAY:  More clouds, much cooler and areas of rain and snow showers possible across eastern Colorado. Chances for rain/snow showers will increase during the day thanks to a big area of low pressure migrating through Colorado and the southwest. 30-40% chance of light rain or snow showers across southern Colorado late this morning and this afternoon. We could even see an isolated thunderstorm for far southeastern Colorado. High temps today will only reach about 42 in the Springs and Pueblo and 30's for northern El Paso and Teller County. We are expecting snow showers across the Rampart Range and Teller County. As much as 1-2" of snow possible in Cripple Creek with lighter accumulations around Woodland Park and Divide. Snow and wind are the big story in the Colorado Mountains today and early Saturday. There are now BLIZZARD WARNINGS until 2 AM Saturday morning for the Sangre de Cristo and eastern San Juan Mountains. White out conditions are expected in these areas with as much as 2 feet of snow for the eastern San Juans and at least 4-8" of snow for the Sangres! Snowfall totals will range from 6-12"+ for the central mountains...including Crested Butte and Monarch Mountain. 10-20"+ possible for the southwest mountains around Telluride, Wolf Creek, Silverton and Pagosa Springs. Travel across some of the mountains passes through Sunday could be difficult to impossible at times! In addition to everything else we have a HIGH WIND WARNING that starts at 1 PM today and lasts through 2 AM tonight for the southern part of the News 5 viewing area including...The Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains, The Wet Mountain Valley, Huerfano, western Las Animas Counties and the southern San Luis Valley. Winds could gust in excess of 50 to 75 mph in these areas through tonight.

TONIGHT: We'll also see some strong winds for the rest of eastern Colorado with wind gust in excess of 35 mph for Springs, Pueblo and the rest of southeastern Colorado. Skies will become partly cloudy and temps will fall to the 20's for Springs, Pueblo and Ft. Carson. Lower 30's around Canon City. Snow and wind will continue across the Colorado high country with more accumulations expected for skiers and boarders!

SATURDAY-SUNDAY: It will stay chilly this weekend with highs only in the upper 30's and lower 40's around El Paso County...30's in Teller County and 40's across southeastern Colorado. Weather will be dry for the most part here while more snow continues for Colorado's ski country. That same storm could bring another snow shower or two to the mountains close to home, as-well-as Teller and northern El Paso County by late Saturday night. Expect a partly to mostly cloudy skies tomorrow and quite a bit more sunshine for Sunday.

MONDAY-THURSDAY: Drier weather continues through next week. Temps will be slightly milder for the lower elevations and skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Warmest day of the four will be Tuesday with temps in the lower to middle 50's from Colorado Springs to Pueblo.

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