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Feb 18, 2014 6:26 PM by John Dissauer

Warm Before Return of Winter

Temperatures climbed in to the 60°s and 70°s Tuesday afternoon on gusty downsloping winds.  It appears we will have one more warm day before Mother Nature gives southern Colorado a slap of reality Wednesday.

Expect to see mostly cloudy skies overnight.  Winds will likely increase during the early, pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning.  Lows will be in the 30°s.

Before winter returns, temperatures should be able to climb in to the 60°s and 70°s once again Wednesday afternoon.  Winds will again be brisk with gusts 25-40 mph possible.  (Colorado Springs: 63° | Pueblo: 70°)

TASTE OF WINTER

A quick moving system will pass through the area late Wednesday night in to early Thursday morning.  As a front passes through, temperatures will begin fall.  Computer models are still somewhat in disagreement as to when precipitation could fall.  Some start the precipitation late Wednesday night, others hold off the snow until early Thursday morning.

Most of the precipitation should fall in the form of snow, especially north of U.S. 50.  Along and south of U.S. 50, it could start out as some light rain, eventually changing over to light snow.

As of now, what snow falls should not amount to much.  A three computer model average suggests less than 0.1" of moisture for the cold air to work with.  Looking closer at the numbers, the three model average suggests 0.05" for Colorado Springs and 0.02" for Pueblo.  This would suggest less than a half inch of snow for the two areas.  Again, this should not be a big snow producer for the area.

Much like the precipitation, quickly in and out, the colder air moving in for Thursday will be short lived.  Temperatures will likely be in the 30°s and lower 40°s Thursday afternoon.  Wind chills could be in the teens and 20°s through the day.

Medium-range computer forecast models suggest temperatures should begin to rebound back to the 50°s by Friday.  - Meteorologist John Dissauer

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