My Thoughts on Wednesday's Storm

After a quiet beginning to this week, a storm system will move through Colorado on Wednesday.  Because the weather pattern is very progressive (fast moving), it will not allow storms to slow down and organize.  Thus, the storms move through, produce some decent mountain snow, but little in the way of significant moisture east of the mountains.  The same storm then reorganizes and hits the eastern 1/3 of the country.  I really don't think Wednesday's storm will be any different.

Preliminarily, here is what I am thinking for Wednesday:

Temperatures:  Cold...high temperatures likely only reaching the 20s for most areas.  Wind chill (feels like temperature ) will likely be in the lower teens and single digits for most of the day.

Wind:  Looks like a strong northerly wind will accompany this storm.  Yup, you guessed it...  That strong north wind will likely hinder much snowfall from happening in Colorado Springs or Pueblo.  Which leads me to snow...

Snow:  Locations from Denver to Monument, from just south of Pueblo to Trinidad, and the far southeast plains  could see some light accumulating snow.  Teller County could too...  However, that strong north wind coupled with the fast movement of the storm, should limit heavy snow from falling east of the mountains.  That being said, even light snow with the strong wind could cause some dicey travel conditions on Wednesday.  Unfortunately, the snow won't have much moisture content with it.  Bottomline though, that strong north wind likely limits much snow from occurring in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Timing:  Worst combination of snow and wind will likely be on Wednesday from 6am-3pm, for most areas.  After 3pm, the storm will be exiting to our east.

Still some time for this to change, but those are my thoughts for now.  Watching the storm closely and will continue to fine tune the forecast as it gets closer.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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