Weather - Forecast

Apr 26, 2014 8:00 AM by John Dissauer

Upper Level Low to Keep Things Cool

The weather over the next six days in Colorado and most of the continental United States will be impacted by an upper-level low pressure system.  The low is moving onshore Saturday morning in California and Arizona.  It will slowly meander across east across the country through the week (see image above).  Ahead of the low, mild temperatures and an active/stormy pattern will develop across the central Plains and the Mississippi/Ohio river valleys.  Behind the low, temperatures will remain below normal for this time of year.

RED FLAG WARNING

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of southern and southeastern Colorado (see image to right).  The warning will be in effect from 11am MT through 9pm MT Saturday.

Relative humidity is expected to be low this afternoon.  Winds will gust upwards of 40 to 50 mph at times.  The combination of those two factors increases the fire risk for the area.

SATURDAY FORECAST

Skies will start out mainly sunny for southern Colorado.  By late morning, skies will begin to increase with clouds.  By mid-afternoon, expect to see partly sunny skies along the I-25 corridor.

Winds will be strong at times.  By mid to late afternoon, winds could gust 40 to 50 mph.  The gusty winds will likely continue through the evening.

Temperatures will top out in the 70°s and 80° across the KOAA viewing area.  (Colorado Springs: 72° | Pueblo: 78°)

RAIN CHANCES INCREASE OVERNIGHT

The upper-level low will begin to bring moisture through Colorado later today.  I expect to see a few showers developing during the overnight, especially in El Paso, Teller and Fremont counties.  Higher elevations, above 8,500 feet, could see rain changing over to snow where a couple of inches will be possible by Sunday morning.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a few snow flakes mixing in with the rain showers over northwestern El Paso county.  For most of Colorado Springs, I think it will mainly stay liquid.  - Meteorologist John Dissauer

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