Frosty Friday precedes first day of winter

lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Updated: December 21, 2013 at 6:11 am • Published: December 20, 2013 | 9:50 pm 0

On the eve of the first day of winter, a dense fog blanketed the city early Friday, frosting trees and bushes with a glistening coat of ice crystals and transforming Colorado Springs into a winter wonderland.

But Jack Frost won't be staying long.

The frosty, cold weather should last through the weekend, with a 30 percent chance of snow Saturday and highs in the 30s going into Sunday morning.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s on Monday and Tuesday. However, a cold front will move in on Christmas Day, Wednesday, which will bring a slight chance of snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Stark.

Any precipitation will be welcome because December has been a dry month so far, seeing only 2.9 inches of snow and record high temperatures last week.

The city has so far received about 30 inches of snow this year, roughly 7 inches less than the average for this date.

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