Feb 27, 2014 6:56 PM by John Dissauer
Skies will start out partly to mostly cloudy this evening. Skies will eventually turn clear before sunrise Friday. Winds will also increase during the pre-dawn hours, especially across Teller and El Paso counties. Lows will dip to the 20°s and then rise to the 30°s to near 40°s by morning. (Colorado Springs: 28° | Pueblo: 24°)
Temperatures should continue an upward trend Friday. Under mostly sunny skies, highs will be in the upper 50°s to middle 60°s. (Colorado Springs: 58° | Pueblo: 64°)
A front will drape across southern Colorado Saturday. North and east of the front temperatures will remain cold with highs in the 30°s. South and west of the front, temperatures will climb in to the 50°s and lower 60°s. Along the front, temperatures will be in the 40°s. The image above is a projection of where the front could lay Saturday afternoon. If the front stalls 20 to 30 miles east or west, forecast temperatures could greatly change.
An area of low pressure is moving across the Pacific Ocean Thursday afternoon. The low is projected to move onshore Saturday morning and continue moving east. It should start to affect central Colorado later Saturday afternoon pulling moisture in to the mountains. Saturday afternoon/evening there could be a few light rain showers and/or sprinkles ahead of the storm. Any rain, should remain light. Overnight, temperatures will drop and the cold front will begin to move south through southern Colorado. As the moisture moves in, it will interact with the cold air in place and snow could develop east of the mountains. Some of medium-range computer models suggest there will be enough moisture to produce an accumulating snow.
Along with snow east of the mountains, the mountains themselves could pick-up 1 to as much as 3 feet of snow in central Colorado.
We will continue to update the forecast over the next 24 to 48 hours, so be sure to check back and find out the latest. - Meteorologist John Dissauer