Mild solstice weekend, colder by Christmas

11:30 AM MST, Friday, December 20, 2019

The winter solstice is at 9:19 PM MST on Saturday, December 21st, but the weather this weekend will hardly be wintry. Dry weather with above average temperatures should be around through at least Monday. The Front Range urban corridor should get into the 50s, and maybe 60 during the days. There may be some high level cirrus clouds from time to time.

 

For Tuesday-Thursday there is a lot of Pacific storm action to the west of Colorado. But winds at most levels should have a westerly component, so precipitation in the eastern foothills and plains appears unlikely, and the chances for a white Christmas are low. There may be some high cloud cover at times and cooler temperatures. But very cold weather is not expected.

 

If you are traveling west Tuesday-Thursday, the chance for snow returns mainly at the high passes and west-facing slopes. There isn’t a big storm coming in, but be prepared for some winter travel in the high country, especially the San Juan region of southwestern Colorado.

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