TONIGHT: Conditions deteriorate quickly after midnight as a potent winter storm moves in from the north. A Blizzard Warning is in effect from midnight to noon Friday for northern El Paso county, including Monument, Falcon, Peyton and Ramah. Blowing snow and gusts up to 70 mph will make travel virtually impossible. A Winter Storm Watch is up for all of Teller County, with 55 mph gusts expected into the morning hours. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in place for southern and central El Paso, Las Animas and Huerfano counties, with gusty winds and blowing rain/snow expected through the morning hours. A High Wind Warning is also up for all of S. Colorado with gusts in the 65-70 mph range expected through the overnight hours and into Friday. Accumulating snow will be confined to El Paso, Teller, Las Animas and Huerfano counties above 6500 feet. Overnight lows will be in the 30s and 40s under mostly cloudy skies.
FRIDAY: Most of our viewing area will experience blustery conditions, with rain, wet snow or just snow coming through until mid day. This storm will exit quickly to the east after noon, but pockets of rain and/or snow may linger into the afternoon. Highs will get up into the 40s and 50s, so much of the snow may start melting immediately.
EXTENDED: Saturday will stay cool and blustery, and some will see more rain move in during the evening. Widespread rain/snow chances return on Sunday, with more behind that. In fact, we have a couple more systems on the way. They aren’t going to be as powerful as tonight’s but we’re definitely looking at a much cooler and wetter pattern to start this Spring season. How much it affects our drought situation remains to be seen.