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A much colder weather system will move into the area for Thursday and Friday, bringing much colder than average temperatures. This system will also bring snow to Colorado. The mountains should see some accumulations of snow, and some lower elevation locations may also see light accumulations – NOAA
The cold front and storm that will hit Colorado in the next 24-hours will bring frigid temperatures and high winds, but most importantly, 4″ fresh snow to Monarch Mountain, CO Wednesday evening through Thursday.
As for snow totals, expect 1-3 inches over most of the mountains, with up to 5 inches in the central mountains. Highlights are not likely for the mountains, but an advisory for the central mountains with future packages would not be surprising with borderline totals possible. Teller County is expected to receive 3-6 inches with this system, and may need a Winter Weather Advisory with a future forecast package, especially given this is the first event of the season. Generally 1-3 inches are forecast across Colorado Springs, with slightly higher amounts north along I-25 toward Monument.
Winds will reach gusts of 40mph, and temperatures will drop as low as 9ºF, with a -10ºF wind chill. Meteorologists are recommending draining sprinkler systems and protecting vegetation you don’t want to lose to the freeze.
This will be the first major storm to drop into central and southern Colorado, hopefully kicking off their winter season with a few inches and cold enough temperatures to fire up the snowguns.