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Marty’s Saturday Morning Forecast – More Rain & Snow – 5/21/2022

Overview:  We're tracking several days of chilly air and areas of rain and snow!

Today:  There are areas of slick travel due to snow covered roadways this morning, mainly on the higher terrain along and west of I-25. Although the heaviest snow has already fallen over many areas, accumulating snow will continue to fall over the higher terrain along and west of I-25 through the morning, particularly along and south of the Arkansas River, with several inches of additional snowfall possible over the mountains, and possibly a couple more inches on primarily cooler surfaces on the higher terrain along I-25.  A rain/snow mix and some rain showers will continue over the plains along and south of the Arkansas River, with more areas seeing a changeover from snow to rain showers as the day progresses. Expect a chilly northeasterly wind with high temperatures only in the 30s and 40s for most areas, but the San Luis Valley should warm into the 50s

Tonight:  We expect occasional rain and snow showers over and near the mountains. Where snow falls over the mountains, light additional accumulations of snow on the order of 1”- 3” are possible. Near to below freezing temperatures in the 20s to lower 30s are again likely on the higher terrain along and west of I-25 with mid-30s to near 40 along the Arkansas River.

Sunday:  More clouds than sun with occasional rain and snow showers most likely over and near the mountains during the afternoon where temperatures will only warm into the 30s and 40s for most of the day. Where snow falls over the mountains we don't expect additional accumulations of snow to be widespread or significant, but a quick inch or two on the grass appears possible. Showers over the plains are likely to be quite isolated and the sun may peek out a bit more often than for areas farther west with high temperatures in the 50s to near 60. The San Luis Valley should again be warmer with high temperatures in the 60s and a potentially gusty southwesterly wind.

Extended:  Monday looks cool with scattered rain and snow showers again. Another storm will approach the area by Tuesday and could increase the coverage of precipitation again for some areas. We do expect more snow could fall over the higher terrain on Tuesday, but the snowfall elevations should be significantly higher. Scattered showers may linger into Wednesday, but as the upper-level storm moves farther east we should gradually dry out. The rest of the week looks much warmer with spotty afternoon showers possible over and near the mountains on Friday.

Marty Venticinque

Marty is a weekend morning meteorologist for KRDO.

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