Scattered snow around today, another cold front late on Christmas Day

NOON, Monday, December 22, 2014

A secondary piece of the storm the brought heavy mountains snows over the weekend will continue to impact Colorado and Wyoming today. Several more inches of snow is likely in the mountains, including the high elevations of the Front Range. Strong gusty north-northwest winds will occur at times, but especially in the eastern Colorado plains and in southeastern Wyoming.

Snow in Denver or Boulder? The atmosphere is colder today, so showers that are developing will likely have more snow than rain. Once again, the coverage of snow will be uneven this afternoon through Tuesday morning. Many areas will receive little or no accumulation, but some locations may get and inch or two including some brief moderate snow squalls. So be prepared for some highways in eastern Colorado & Wyoming to have local areas of reduced visibility and icy roads. This is especially true for I-25 near and north of the Palmer Divide (between Denver and Colorado Springs), and also I-25 near the Colorado/Wyoming border.

Christmas Eve should be a good travel day statewide, but stormy weather along the eastern seaboard may impact air travel. Christmas morning will probably dawn mild and maybe a bit breezy along the Front Range. A cold front late in the day may bring a bit of snow (or rain changing to snow) late on Christmas Day or on Friday morning. At this point it appears there is a better than 50-50 chance for light accumulating snow along the Front Range sometime between late Christmas Day and early afternoon on Dec 26th.  In western Colorado moderate amounts (the 6-inch range) are likely mainly Christmas afternoon and night.

There is hint that some snow along with the coldest air mass this month may arrive late Sunday or Monday next week, but I’ll update that in the coming days.

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