Overview: We’re expecting record warmth today with periods of cloud cover and wind. A strong and very cold storm should impact the area early next week bringing many of us another chance for snow.
Today: We will warm into the 60s and 70s for most areas with a few spots on the far eastern plains possibly reaching 80 degrees, but we also look to be windier and we may still have some mountain wave clouds over the area. The combination of dry air, wind and warmth will also lead to favorable fire weather conditions for parts of eastern Colorado. The record high temperatures for Sunday are 66 and 75 for Colorado Springs and Pueblo respectively and either community could set a new record high temperature during the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and windy at times through midnight. For much of the night the air should remain rather warm with temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 50s, but by daybreak a shallow layer of much colder air will bank up against the mountains causing low clouds to develop and dropping our temperatures sharply. Temperatures in the colder air mass will be in the 20s while some pockets on the higher terrain may still be in the 40s to near 50 at dawn.
Extended: All areas will eventually become cloudy and much colder on Monday and some freezing drizzle/fog, flurries or very light snow may develop over the plains. We expect snow to develop over the mountains and start spreading east as the day progresses. Snow is most likely along the I-25 corridor Monday evening and Monday night when travel conditions will probably be most difficult for many of us although the heaviest snow looks to remain confined to the higher terrain. Scattered, mainly light snow showers might linger into Tuesday and with very cold air in place could keep roads slick at times. The other big story early next week will be the chilly air we mentioned with afternoon temperatures only in the teens and 20s on Tuesday and low temperatures in the single digits above and below zero Tuesday night. We should remain dry and warm slowly starting Wednesday. There's also a chance that a quick moving cold front may clip the area late Thursday or Thursday night and bring at least scattered snow showers to the mountains and immediately adjacent plains. We'll likely be windy at times through the end of the week as well.