December 1st and 2nd, 2009: Arctic Blast & Snow Update

Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be 30 to 40 degrees cooler than Tuesday, and we'll have some snow to contend with.  The snow will be light and fluffy, so a lot of it will blow off the roads.  However, some slick spots will be possible.  Something to be cautious about, when driving around...  The initial disturbance and associated cold air advection will contribute to the following totals:





The cold air is going to hang around for a while too.  The initial shock to the system will arrive Wednesday, but the core of the coldest air will still be up to the north.  Check it out...

All that white shading is indicative of Arctic Air that will control our weather through Friday.  Looks like maybe a brief break on Saturday, then it sloshes back in here for late weekend and early next week.  Welcome to December...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe


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  • by sam Location: B'moor area on Dec 2, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    what were the dates of the x-mas storms three years ago?? anyone know?
  • by Sarah Location: Falcon on Dec 2, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    I think I'm going to start a petition to change the name of Colorado Springs to Donut Springs! Always snow north, west, east and south, but never here! C'mon! Ten years ago, when I lived downtown, we were always getting snow. It seemed like once a week and it was always like 5 or more inches. Hasn't been like that in a long time here! Global warming? Who knows. I miss those days though. My friends in Oklahoma always thought it was cold and snowy all winter here, but now I tell them, "nah, doesn't snow much around here" They're always like "what? I thought you lived in Colorado!" What gives weather experts? Any rhyme or reason to the lack of snow for so long here? I know we get some, there's years like 2006, but we used to always have winters like 2006 - every year!
  • by Rebecca Location: 80903 on Dec 2, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Is there such as thing as being "Too Cold" to snow? - whenever it is this cold but not snowing - that is what I always hear people say.
  • by Travis Location: Springs Ranch - CS east on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Looks like another snow event passing us up. I am holding out hope that we'll get a good one some time soon. Seems like they all miss us tho, you guys are right about that!
  • by julio Location: 80907 on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Cold without snow...what a waste ;>)
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    Sam, the first wave kind of wimped out didn't it. Most areas only saw a dusting at best, with locations in Teller seeing an inch or two. The next wave coming through tonight looks to do about the same. Dusting to 2" possible for most areas, Teller County in the 2-4" range, with higher amounts south and west of Pueblo. I'll have more on this late this afternoon and tonight. Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by Sam Location: Broadmoor area on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    I live on the west side of the springs... (the 2-4in range) and we dont even have a dusting.. in fact i think the suns out.. is this it?? is more on the way? sigh....
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Dec 2, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Wow...a very COLD storm...but a WEENIE storm in regards to snow. nada here and it already stopped...
  • by Ed Location: Widefield on Dec 2, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    Here comes your dusting colorado springs! Just like every other worthless snow "storm" that comes through here. El nino or not, nothing has changed from the last several winters. Patience, uh, okay.
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Dec 1, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Air flows clockwise around High Pressure in the Northern Hemisphere. After a frontal passage, an H will usually move south and induce some type of upslope flow. Upper level low pressure moving near and just to our south will also develop upsloping in the mid-levels. Multiple things to keep an eye on when forecasting snow around here, and we can never just focus on one element. Thanks for reading our blog.
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