Weekend Weather Outlook: Christmas Snow?

Weather Outlook - December 23, 2016
Published Friday, December 23, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

Although there was only a slight chance of snow Thursday in Kiowa County, the area received up to an inch of wet snow mid-morning. There is a potential for snow to return Saturday night, just in time for Christmas.

Radar indicated light precipitation continued in eastern Kiowa County during the early morning hours Friday as a mid-level trough moved east across the state.

High temperatures through the weekend will be in the mid-40s, while overnight lows will vary.

A low near 20 is expected Friday night, while remaining around the freezing mark Saturday before falling to the low teens Sunday.

With the warmer low, Saturday's chance of snow could also turn out to be rain. In either case, less than one-tenth inch of precipitation is expected - however a slight change in the system's track could result in higher amounts of rain or snow.

Christmas day will be windy, starting out in the 15 to 20 mile-per-hour range and increasing to 25-30 mph later in the morning, with gust to 45 mph possible. Rain or snow will be possible until 11:00 a.m. Significant snow is expected in the mountains, so if your holiday plans include travel, check road conditions at cotrip.org before heading out.

Daytime highs will vary in the coming week. Monday will see upper 30s, while Tuesday jumps to the mid-40s. A high near 50 is possible Wednesday before falling back to the upper 30s Thursday.

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