Dec 22, 2012 10:45 PM by Craig Eliot
TODAY: We'll start the day with a little bit of a breeze in a few spots, but winds will be much lighter by mid morning and afternoon. A weak cool front will migrate through eastern Colorado during the day which means temps will be along the lines of 10-12 degrees cooler compared to highs on Saturday. 48 for Colorado Springs and 51 for Pueblo. Still a good looking forecast for the Broncos and Browns in Denver! Skies will be partly cloudy, 47 degrees with winds at about 8-10 mph at 2:05 when things get started. There is a Pacific storm system headed our way so although most of the skies resorts will only see a few flurries on Sunday a good shot of snow is expected by late Sunday on into Monday! In fact...the will be a pretty good chance of snow in the mountains from Sunday through Tuesday and then again by Thursday through next Saturday!
MONDAY: Still looks like we are on track for snow showers across the state during the day and yes, even across the Front Range Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day! 8-12" of snow will be possible across the mountains of Colorado from the Continental Divide to the west during the day. For the Rampart Range/Teller County...the Wet and Sangre de Cristo Mountains the snow will start falling before or just after noon. Skies here Monday will become mostly cloudy and it will be at least another 10 degrees cooler with temps of only 38 in the Springs and in Pueblo. Temps in Teller County will stay in the 30's with snow becoming pretty likely during the day in over the Rampart Range, Wet and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Snow will become much more likely for the Springs and Pueblo after about 5 PM as colder air starts to combine with the energy from that Pacific storm system. Chances for a white Christmas go up to at least 40% chance in the overnight hours with a better chance over the mountains and foothills. If you have travel plans you'll want to pay close attention to the forecast and do things like make sure you have a full charged mobile phone before traveling and letting loved ones know about your itinerary.
CHRISTMAS DAY: It is looking even more likely that we'll see some snow showers across eastern Colorado through early Christmas morning! Chances for snow showers are currently 30% for places like Pueblo, El Paso and Teller Counties before about 9 or 10 am! Christmas Day will also be very cold! High temps will be right around 18 degrees in both the Springs and Pueblo and wind chill values will make the air feel even colder! By afternoon skies should begin to clear a bit which means low temps will drop rapidly after sunset.
WEDNESDAY: Some of you may be headed back to the office and if so it will be a cold start to the day with temps in the single digits. Later in the day highs will only be in the lower to middle 30's for Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Skies will be partly sunny with lighter winds compared to Christmas Day.
THURSDAY: Another storm is headed for the state and that means more snow in the high country and a chance of even some more snow locally by evening! High temps might make it to around the mid 30's for Colorado Springs and Pueblo during the early afternoon. Snow showers will become more likely by evening across the mountains close to home and we are watching for a chance even at the lower elevation again overnight.