May 1, 2013 7:50 AM by Stephen Bowers
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for northern El Paso County, Teller County, the Wet Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Huerfano County, and western Las Animas County.
Snow will move into our area today and could begin as cold rain, especially along and south of Highway 50. For most of our area, the snow will hold off aside from a pre-storm flurry until after mid-afternoon. Some areas, especially northern areas near Monument, could see snow begin to fall as early as this morning.
Temperatures for the previous 4 days or so have topped out in the 70's and 80's and even near 90 in some spots. That means the ground is warm, so more snow will fall than will actually pile up. What will fall will be up to 1-3" along I-25 from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and along Highway 50 from Pueblo to Canon City. In the Plains, snow may be limited to 2" at best. The highest snow totals will be in the higher elevations, mostly west of I-25. On Monument Hill and in Teller County, 3-5" of snow will fall. In the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 4-10" of snow could fall. Southern Las Animas County could see 1-4". Again, while this is the amount of snow we expect to fall, most of it will melt and we do not necessarily expect the snow to accumulate and pile up to these levels.
After today's snow, tomorrow will be cold with thinning clouds after any morning leftover flurries end. Warmer 50's and 60's are expected beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend. That warm up comes with an increase in cloud cover and a chance for some rain showers.