Wintry start to 2015

12:15 PM, Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!  Colder than average weather is likely through the weekend with two minor snowfalls in the area: this afternoon (mainly south of Denver) and again Saturday afternoon or evening.

The storm that brought wintry weather to parts of the desert Southwest will move eastward across New Mexico today through Friday. It has already brought snow to the southern mountains, and snow developed on the eastern  plains this morning centered around Colorado Springs.  That area of clouds and snow is moving north but also encountering lots of dry air. The bottom line is to expect some accumulation (trace to 2 inches) from Denver to Colorado Springs this afternoon and evening.  From Denver to Cheyenne there will be more cloud cover this afternoon and some areas of snow, but accumulation should be little if any.

Friday should be mainly dry with temperatures reaching or exceeding the freezing mark in many low elevation areas.  On Saturday another cold front is expected to sweep down from the north and bring clouds and light snow to the Front Range and eastern plains. The temperature may warm to the 30s in the morning before the front, but then drop quickly into the teens.

Wondering when it will get warmer?  We are entering a pattern that could start favoring more mild weather with westerly wind. But it appears there may be one more surge of polar air from the north early in the week before the cold air moves out around  midweek.

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