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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  • by Jeannine Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    Well, I hope this isn't another dissapoint for us people in CS. Yeah, they put us in a Winter Storm Watch until Sunday night, but we were in one last time, and then was put down to an advisory and got nothing. I pray for some great snow. Maybe this time we will get lucky, keep your fingers crossed.
  • by Ray Location: Pueblo on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:02 PM
    If you really like snow... move to Wolf Creek!
  • by Ed Location: Widefield on Nov 12, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    I understand and agree, a move to Monument impossible for me. My frustation is how a lot of people start talking around here every time the weather guys say there is a possibility of a potentially strong storm. People don't hear the words POTENTIAL and POSSIBILITY, they just conclude for themselves that there is a BIG storm coming at CS and we're going to get dumped on. Almost every time, I'd say 95% of the time, the weather guys give usthe bad news about a day before and let us know the storm is tracking too far...blah, blah, blah. That is why I'm skeptical all the time. Call it a bad attitue if you want. I've just seen/heard it too may times around here. I don't believe anything I hear until I see it. Truth is, even with all their fancy gadgets and weather tools it is just a guess and I can make a guess too. I'm right a lot of the time too.
  • by jon Location: stratton meadows, southgate on Nov 12, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    trouble with suggesting a move to Monument is real estate costs, seems that an area that gets more snow fall, increases property prices, where as Widefield, Foutain & stratton Meadows propably has lowest housing costs, but unfortuatly much less snowfall/ & rain, i don't like being shunned by the snow & rain events either, but i have to just ' eat it ' propably will be a too fast of a 'mover of a storm to allow much dumping here, hence i have a most unconventional garden in my yard, one that others propably do well to get ideas for water conservation, so the the ' light dustings ' will not be such an issue for moisture in the landscape.. i would like to see a 2 footer as well, but i know it will not happen in south end of city ever, so i have had to adjust what i do here. i invite anyone to see this landscaping if you want ideas for reduced water requirements for maintance.. yes not as exciting as getting a Denver sized storm, but this is unfortunatly a desert here.. jon
  • by matt Location: stetson hills on Nov 12, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    You two sound like a married couple :) Ed, you have to understand the weather guys have to leave a window of uncertainty open. How in the world can they be expected to be 100% correct all the time? Yes, they have all the fancy gadgets and computer models, but those are rarely 100% accurate either. And when guys like you complain about them all the time, well it just makes you look like a whiny baby. If you like snow so much, move to Monument. They always get snow - even with those north winds. Your pessimistic outlook on snow in the springs is draining. It could be worse - we could live in Pueblo. They never get any snow.
  • by Ed Location: Widefield on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    Ah, there it is. The window of uncertainty remains open. Don't count on anything Julio. Someone's gonna get plenty of snow, but it won't be here. Book it.
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    Don't get too excited yet Julio. Still a lot of uncertainty with both systems...
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    Nah...not this time. I have faith! We're going to see a lot of the white stuff...all over the springs, even Widefeild! Gotta have faith BABY!
  • by Ed Location: Widefield on Nov 12, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    I'm holding my breath. I expect nothing less than to hear "this storm ended up tracking a little too far (insert direction here)" resulting in a dusting for most of Colorado Springs.
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Nov 12, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    C'mon baby! BRING ON THE SNOW! Stay the heck away north winds!
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