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Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Chance of Rain

Weather Outlook - January 22, 2017

By Chris Sorensen

A hint of rain returns to the forecast this week to potentially help further improve drought conditions.

Sunday starts off sunny for the eastern plains, with a high in the mid-40s before dropping to near 20 overnight.

Colorado's mountains will see another wind-driven snow event starting Sunday evening, continuing to Tuesday morning. Southern mountains could see ten to 20 additional inches of snow, and wind gusts to 55 miles-per-hour. Mountain passes are likely to be slick and snow-packed.

Weekend Weather Outlook: Snow Friday

Weather Outlook - January 20, 2017

By Chris Sorensen

An upper level disturbance near the Four Corners area is expected to move east across the Colorado plains through the day Friday, bringing snow and rain showers to the area into the afternoon and evening hours.

Friday's high will reach to the upper 30s for Kiowa County. Snow is likely before 1:00 p.m. before changing to rain for a few hours. Snow returns for the late afternoon hours; however, accumulation is expected to be less than one inch - little help for ongoing drought conditions.

Weather Advisory Cancelled, Warm Up Ahead

Weather Outlook - January 16, 2017

By Chris Sorensen

After more than a day of ice and snow, the National Weather Service converted a winter storm warning in Kiowa County to a winter weather advisory, which was then cancelled Monday morning.

A layer of ice accumulated Saturday night into Sunday as freezing rain fell in the area. Rain continued periodically until later in the afternoon before temperatures dropped and a layer of snow was added on top of the ice.

Weather Outlook – Ice and Snow Continue Through Monday

Weather Outlook - January 15, 2017

By Chris Sorensen

After a lull in activity Saturday evening, bands of precipitation are moving south to north across southern Colorado to start Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to remain at or below the freezing mark throughout the day, with bands of freezing rain expected in much of the area. Two- to three-tenths of an inch of ice will build up from the rain, with the highest amounts occurring in Prowers and Baca Counties. Southeast Kiowa County may also see the higher amounts.

Weekend Weather Outlook – Ice and Snow

Weather Outlook - January 13, 2017

By Chris Sorensen

After a mild week for southeast Colorado that also saw repeated rounds of heavy snow in the mountains, winter weather will begin making its way into the area starting late Friday.

The day starts off mostly cloudy, with the high reaching the mid-30s before falling to near 20 overnight. A wintery mix sets in overnight, with some areas experiencing freezing fog. Snow is possible between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. before switching to areas of snow and freezing drizzle.

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Much Warmer Start

Weather Outlook - January 8, 2017

After a week of mostly sub-freezing temperatures, the coming week will be much warmer - but it may not last.

Sunday's predicted high in the mid-40s marks the first time the temperature has been above freezing since last Tuesday. The overnight low will fall to the lower 20s.

An unseasonably warm Monday is expected to have a high approaching 60 before falling to the upper 20s overnight.

Temperatures gradually fall off Tuesday and Wednesday as the high reaches the low 50s and overnight lows dip to the low 20s.

Avalanches: Slippery Slope to Danger

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Extreme Skiing Mixed with Extreme Conditions Warrant Extreme Preparedness. Per the National Ski Patrol, the growing interest in free skiing and riding is pushing more skiers and snowboarders to venture outside of ski area boundaries in search of perfect powder. However beautiful the back country may be, those pristine slopes come with multiple risks, and one of the most significant is the risk of avalanche.