Overview: We’re tracking several cold fronts that will affect the area at times over the next week. These cold fronts will cause our temperatures to fluctuate, bring periods of gusty wind and possibly lead to below freezing nighttime temperatures for many areas that have not yet experienced freezing temperatures this fall. Fire weather may also be a concern at times.
Today: A shallow cold front will kick up the wind both early this morning and then again by later this afternoon. The air behind this cold front isn’t going to be dramatically cooler compared to yesterday, and we’ll remain sunny, but we don’t expect to get warmer than 60s to lower 70s for the plains with mostly 60s for our local mountain communities.
Tonight: Breezy this evening then decreasing wind for a while, clear and cool with low temperatures in the 30s and 40s . Very late tonight some patchy low clouds may develop over the plains, but for areas along and west of I-25 the wind is likely to pick up again as another cold front approaches the area which should keep the sky clear.
Sunday: The morning hours should feature some gusty wind as another cold front reinforces the cool air over the area. After possibly experiencing a brief period of low cloud cover over mainly northern El Paso County as the cold front passes over the area in the morning, the sky looks to remain mostly sunny through the afternoon. The strongest wind gusts should subside after the cold front blows through early in the day, but we do expect breezy conditions to continue for many areas of eastern Colorado into the afternoon. High temperatures on Sunday will only reach the 50s and 60s for most areas.
Extended: The air should warm significantly Monday through Wednesday with increasing clouds. A strong cold front will be approaching the area Wednesday and should increase the wind over much of eastern Colorado, possibly resulting in fire weather concerns again. The cold air should race over the state Wednesday night possibly bringing freezing temperatures to many areas that have yet to experience them this fall. Thursday will be much colder and Thursday night could bring a hard freeze to much of eastern Colorado. Currently, it appears that this cold front will bring primarily wind and cold air to the area, but should the upper level system dive a little farther south than currently suggested then a little snow could fall over the Pikes Peak Region Wednesday night into early Thursday. The air should warm nicely as we head into next weekend.
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