Tracking a "White Christmas" for much of southern Colo.

POSTED: 08:29 PM MST Dec 23, 2012    UPDATED: 06:07 AM MST Dec 24, 2012 

A storm system is going to begin impacting Colorado on Monday. 

Snow is going to accumulate over the high country today.  If your travel plans take you west over the Continental Divide you should expect winter driving conditions at times.

For most of eastern Colorado accumulating snow should hold off until tonight.  The heavier snow with this system should pass off to the north and east of Colorado Springs and Pueblo through the first half of Christmas Day.  Accumulations of snow could reach 2" to 5" north and east of Colorado Springs and out across the far eastern plains, with spotty areas over the mountains southwest of Pueblo possibly receiving the same.  For Colorado Springs and Pueblo proper we will probably be lucky to get an inch or 2", but at the very least we will have some light snow showers or flurries.

Travel will become difficult for parts of the region through Tuesday morning, so those hitting the roads during this time should exercise caution.  Check out KRDO RealTime Travel to check on road conditions if you do need to travel.

The storm system will move out of the area Christmas Day, with snow coming to an end between the mid-morning and early afternoon for most.

For what it is worth, according to the National Weather Service, a "White Christmas" is defined as over 0.5" of snow falling on Christmas day with at least one inch of snow on the ground.

This has not happened in Colorado Springs since 1987, and in Pueblo since 2000.

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