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November 11th, 2009: Our First Thoughts on The Weekend Storm Potential

November has been very quiet so far.  However, we are fixin' to change that this weekend, with a couple storms. 

Friday's Storm Rundown:

Thursday night cold front cools us down some 25 degrees for Friday.  Highs will likely end up in the 40's for most of us, with plenty of clouds and breeze.  The main disturbance moves through late Friday and Friday night and could produce some accumulating snow for some parts of the area.  The mountains will likely see heavy snow during the day Friday, with several inches possible.  As the energy streams farther east, areas along and east of the mountains will see the snow fire up.  AT THIS TIME, accumulating snow doesn't appear to be a huge deal for most of us.  However, some of our models are painting some decent accumulations for Teller and Northern El Paso County on Friday night.  While we are not touting this inital system as a big one, stay current with the forecast in case that changes...

Saturday Night Through Sunday Night::

A much stronger storm will cruise through northern New Mexico and eject into the Plains, during this timeframe.  While this will be a fast mover, it is taking a very favorable storm track to produce significant Winter weather for Southern Colorado.  Snow will likely get going Saturday evening for areas along the I-25 Corridor.  Based on current model projections, the snow will continue through Saturday night and Sunday, producing locally heavy amounts.  The Palmer Divide, Teller County, the Wet and Sangre de Cristo Mountains would likely receive the heaviest snow, possibly measuring it in feet!  The lower elevations would also see locally heavy snow, but not quite as much as areas west of I-25.  Strong wind would cause considerable blowing and drifting snow, and difficult travel.  The one question most of you probably have..."  is this storm going to miss CO Springs and Pueblo".  A little too early to tell.  However, this storm may not produce the snow killing north wind that CO Springs and Pueblo see so many times...

Preparedness:

Because it has been so mild and nice lately, many people may have been lulled to sleep after our active October.  Please be prepared for both of these systems.  Like I said, the mountains are going to get both storms, and we very well may get both at the lower elevations too.  Regardless, don't be caught off guard and be ready for rapidly changing and potentially dangerous travel this weekend.

We'll continue to blog about the updates as we receive them...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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