Weather Outlook: Mild Week Ahead

Weather Outlook - December 25, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

While Kiowa County didn't have a white Christmas, some may appreciate the alternative even more during the current drought conditions: a thunderstorm moved northeast across the county at 5:00 a.m. The storm brought heavy rain, and some very small hail, briefly to the area. Temperatures across the eastern plains remained in the mid- to upper 40s overnight, with low 50s in Prowers and Baca counties.

Isolated showers continued in the area until about 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

Weekend Weather Outlook: Christmas Snow?

Weather Outlook - 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.

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Warm(er)

Weather Outlook - December 18, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

After a weekend of snow and below-freezing temperatures, including a reading of -23 at Lamar Sunday morning, a slight warmup will take hold for much of the work week.

Sunday's high will remain below the freezing mark as the temperature struggles to reach 20, then falls to the negative single digits overnight.

Look for mid-30s Monday under sunny skies, and mid-teens overnight.

The warming continues for Tuesday through Thursday, with daily temperatures in the mid-40s, potentially approaching 50 Tuesday. Overnight lows will be in the teens.

Cold Weather Pet Care

Weather Outlook - December 16, 2016

If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.

If left outdoors, pets can be susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia, become disoriented, or lost. Don't leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, either. Cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

Weekend Weather Outlook – 60 Degree Drop Friday

Weather Outlook - December 16, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

A warm and windy Friday will give way to a cold and snowy weekend. If you have weekend shopping travel plans, keep in mind weather warnings and advisories will be in place for many areas. Roads may be extremely slick and icy - good reason to stay close to home and shop locally.

Fire risk is elevated across the area as temperatures rise to the low 60s Friday, accompanied by west winds in the 15 to 20 mile-per-hour range and gusts as high as 30 mph in Kiowa County, and potentially stronger in other part of southeast Colorado.

Weather Outlook – Don’t be Fooled by the Next Few Days

Weather Outlook - December 14, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

Warm weather will make a brief return for a few days ahead of frigid temperatures and potential snow.

Thursday kicks off a short warming period as temperatures reach the upper 40s under mostly sunny skies, followed by a mostly cloudy evening that will lock in some heat and keep the overnight low in the upper 20s.

Friday's high will be in the low 60s, but look for west winds in the 10 to 20 mile-per-hour range and gusts to 30 mph as an arctic front begins to move into the region. Winds and warmer temperatures may produce some fire risk in the area.