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Colorado Springs looking at a big change in the weather Monday

October 6, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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photo - First snowfall of the season possible  Monday. (John F. Russell/Steamboat Pilot & Today via AP)
First snowfall of the season possible Monday. (John F. Russell/Steamboat Pilot & Today via AP) 

It’s time to get out the winter coats.

That’s not the official National Weather Service forecast for the beginning of next week, but it is good advice.

From a high of 74 and sunny on Sunday, the temperature is expected to plummet nearly 30 degrees overnight. By Monday, Colorado Springs could see its first snowfall of the season.

The winter storm is still developing, said John Kalina, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Pueblo office, so it’s too early to predict snowfall totals. The largest accumulations will likely be in the central mountains as the storm moves through Colorado from northeast Utah Sunday night into Monday, he said.

Don’t be getting out the boards and skis, though, this won’t be the Storm of the Century even in the high country. Kalina said the mountains could get in excess of 4 inches but not much more.

Rain showers are expected to begin in the Pikes Peak region after midnight as the temperature falls, the weather service said.

The high Monday will be close to freezing — mid-30s to 40 degrees, Kalina said. Monday night, the temperature will drop into the mid-20s, increasing the chance for rain to turn to snow in Colorado Springs.

If that happens, it’ll beat last year’s first snowfall by nearly two months. Not only did Colorado Springs not get any snow in October in 2016, it made it through all of November without any measurable snowfall for the first time ever. Colorado Springs had to wait until Dec. 2 last year for its first snow, a piddling 0.2 inches.

The wintry blast will be mercifully short.

By Tuesday, the sun will return and the temperature will rebound into the 50s, with a high on Wednesday of 63, the weather service predicted. Overnight lows will be low enough to signal the onset of fall, 37 Tuesday and 41 on Wednesday.

So get those sprinkler pipes drained and blown out while you have the chance, Gazette news partner KKTV advised.

El Paso County put its storm-preparedness on display just in time for the storm.

The county has stockpiled 1,000 pounds of salt at its Public Works facility, and showed off new snowplow equipment and technology that will allow for a more controlled release of the salt and road treatments. The snowplows also have new tracking units, so the county can avoid sending more than one truck to the same place.

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