Enjoy a Warm Sunday – Snow Starts Monday

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Published Sunday, October 8, 2017
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by Chris Sorensen

Colorado weather is known for rapid changes, and the transition from Sunday to Monday is no exception across the state. Now is the time to prepare for what could be the first notable storm of the season for eastern Colorado.

Eastern Plains

While the eastern plains will see highs in the mid-60s to low 70s Sunday - and even 80 in Springfield - a freeze warning will be in effect from midnight Sunday to mid-morning Tuesday for much of northeast Colorado, while a freeze watch will be in effect for the southeast overnight Monday through mid-morning Tuesday.

Look for a winter weather advisory for northeast Colorado Monday as rain turns to snow, creating the potential for slick and slushy roadways. Warm ground temperatures will limit accumulation, though snow on trees could result in broken limbs and localized power outages.

Wind and some snow are expected across the southeast plains Monday as temperatures struggle to reach the low 40s. Gusts as high as 50 miles per hour are possible.

Temperatures in the 60s will return later in the week.

West Slope

Sunday's highs will mainly be in the 70s, though areas around Craig in the northwest portion of the state can expect temperatures in the 60s.

Nucla will be under a red flag warning for fire danger starting at noon Sunday. Open flames and outdoor burning are discouraged. The warning is set to expire at 6:00 p.m.

Temperatures Monday will take a sharp drop as colder air and some snow move into the state. Highs will drop 20 degrees or more compared to Sunday's relatively pleasant conditions. Highs will start to rebound Tuesday, and could return to the low 70s in many areas by the end of the week.

A storm system Monday is expected to bring moderate amounts of snow, particularly for the central mountains where a winter weather advisory will be in effect from Sunday evening through late Monday afternoon. Travel conditions could be difficult as 4 - 8 inches of snow falls. Some locations could see as much as a foot of new snow.

Weather updates throughout the day can be found at http://KiowaCountyPress.net/weather. Road conditions and travel information is available at http://cotrip.com or by calling 511.

Forecast - October 8 - 11
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
City High Low High Low High Low High Low
Eads 75 39 41 30 53 34 67 45
Springfield 80 40 42 30 57 35 72 51
Trinidad 76 34 38 2 53 38 68 47
Limon 71 31 31 25 50 33 63 41
Sterling 66 34 53 26 54 32 64 41
Fort Morgan 71 35 41 27 53 32 64 41
Craig 64 29 40 16 52 26 60 33
Grand Junction 72 40 54 31 61 38 69 44
Montrose 74 34 47 24 59 32 68 42
Cortez 74 31 53 26 60 33 68 39

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