Only In Colorado...In April (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

Can you believe all the wild weather we had across Colorado these past few days?


It's going to be 80 degrees later this week!

Pueblo should hit that for a high by about Wednesday...upper 70's that day in Colorado Springs.  That's the kind of warm spring weather many of us have been craving..but what a route it took to get us there!  What a weather week we'll have completed by the time that long-overdue day of warm-and-sunny finally hits us.

Last Wednesday night I was driving home from Fort Collins and it was raining.  No, it was pouring..coming down in sheets, pick your cliche.  I talked to a friend a the gym the next day.  He said he got two inches of rain at his house in eastern El Paso County on Wednesday.

Last Thursday was crazy...we were on the air with live coverage for more than two hours as powerful storm cells formed, and weakened and re-formed across Southeastern Colorado.  There were 14 different reports of tornadoes that touched down, some may have been the same twister reported from more than one official source.   Thankfully damage was minimal.  Many 11 News viewers spotted the twisters and sent us pictures, including this double funnel.  Look just to the left of the post.

That's certainly not unheard of in the spring, but definitely something we'd expect in the summer.  At the same time the twisters were forming, the exact same time, there was a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the high county.   By mid-evening the severe thunderstorm activity was winding down...and the snow was coming down.  In the mountains it was blizzard-like conditions.  By 10pm Brian Bledsoe was warning all of us to look for up to a foot of snow, maybe more, in Monument on Friday. 

Friday we got it.....first thing Friday.  We got that foot or more in Monument....we got 7 or 8 inches in the north part of Colorado Springs!  Schools were closed, proms were cancelled.  Take a look at the view of my back deck early Friday morning!

It kept snowing off and on most of Friday, and even into Saturday.  Friday late morning most of the roads in the north end of the springs were just wet and a little slushy...only to get snow-covered again when the storm picked up in intensity.  Sometimes visibility was next to nothing from the blowing snow.   By mid-day Saturday it slowed down, and stopped.  That day I went back to Fort Collins, north of about mid-Denver.....nothing on the ground...nothing! 

Only In Colorado can you have a three day period like that!  The bottom line from all that heavy, wet, snow...we got a lot of moisture in some parts of southern Colorado, and we can always use that.  The grass is really starting to green up now. Here's part of my front yard, shot today, Sunday.  (there's still a little bit of snow sitting on the back deck)



This isn't the first wild-weather week we've had (probably not even the wildest) and it won't be the last.  As we prepare for another 1 to 3 inches of snow possible in parts of Southern Colorado tonight,  just remember....

It's going to be 80 degrees later this week!

Comment and tell me what you think of this wild weather week.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

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