Oct 23, 2012 9:11 AM by Craig Eliot

Warm and gusty today...some rain, snow, wind & cold on the way!

TODAY: Breezy, warm and wonderful for your Tuesday forecast. High temps will soar all the way to 75 in the Springs and 83 in Pueblo! With the dry conditions, gusty winds and toasty temps we'll have extreme fire danger! There is another RED FLAG WARNING from noon today through 6 PM for the following areas: Southern El Paso County, Pueblo, Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Bent, Baca, Prowers Counties. The warning includes the Wet & Sangre De Cristo Mountains, but does not cover the Rampart Range or northern El Paso County. Expect winds today gusting in excess of 30-40 mph at times from the southwest. We had a wind gust early today in Rosita, near Westcliffe, of 76 mph!

WEDNESDAY: More gusty, warm weather expected for eastern Colorado before a fast moving cold front and storm system move-in. Winds will be gusty again at times with gusts in spots over 30-40 mph! We could have another RED FLAG WARNING tomorrow. The high in Colorado Springs will reach 68 and in Pueblo 77. During the day there will be rain and snow showers across the mountains as that Pacific storm progresses.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: The cold front should be blasting through our area starting at about 6-8 PM with winds over 40 mph! Behind that front it will be MUCH colder with a slight chance of a few rain showers possible at the lower elevations and some light snow over the mountains close to home. Upslope conditions will start to take over as even more cold air moves-in...meaning we'll start to see low clouds develop. There will also be a slight chance of a few very light rain or snow showers close to the mountains and higher elevations.

THURSDAY: Much colder, cloudier with a chance of rain and snow showers of the season will be more likely. High temps will only reach 38 degrees in Colorado Springs and 44 in Pueblo! Wind chill values during the day will make it feel even colder. A few rain and snow will become more likely after late morning and during the afternoon and evening. So how much snow are we expecting? As of today it looks like we should expect accumulations of about 2-4"+ over the higher elevations...including Teller County and northern El Paso County/Monument Hill. Because of the much colder air it will even see some snow by late evening & overnight for the lower elevations....including: Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the rest of eastern Colorado. Accumulations would likely be light...especially since the ground will still be so warm from our toasty temps the last few days.

FRIDAY: We start the day with very cold temps and a chance of some lingering light snow! The morning commute could be interesting, so keep an eye on the weather forecast with us here at News 5. Temps will only make it to 34 in Colorado Springs and 38 in Pueblo! Later in the afternoon skies will become partly cloudy and any lingering morning showers ending. The clearing skies will set us up for a VERY cold night Friday with lows expected to bottom-out in the teens for most of us!

SATURDAY: Expect a very cold morning with mostly sunny skies. Pretty good chance that your kid's soccer games will be canceled due to the cold temps! Highs in the afternoon will only warm-up a little compared to the cold weather Thursday! Colorado Springs of 45 and 49 in Pueblo.

SUNDAY-MONDAY: We'll end the weekend and start the new week with abundant sunshine and milder temps. Max temps will reach 54 in Colorado Springs and 58 in Pueblo. On Monday...more sun and even warmer still with highs of 58 in the Springs and 64 in Pueblo.



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