Flakes may fall Saturday as cold front moves in

by Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Updated: December 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm • Published: December 27, 2013 | 10:50 pm 0

Snowflakes are likely to fall again in Colorado Springs on Saturday night after a cold front moves into the region in the late afternoon. But don't expect to build a snowman, let alone see an end to the drought.

Saturday is expected to start breezy and warm with highs reaching the 40s over the hills to mid-60s in some areas of the plains.

As the afternoon approaches, colder winds will begin as a cold front arrives.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the 30s and 40s over the Front Range by dinnertime Saturday.

Overnight, a 30 percent chance of snow looms, though accumulation is only expected to amount to an inch at most in the metro area, National Weather Service meteorologist Makoto Moore said.

Mountain drivers can expect whitened roads that could impact Sunday travel.

The snow is not expected to last long.

Warmer weather is expected to return Monday and continue through New Year's Eve.

Expect another drop in temperature and a slight chance of snow on New Year's Day.

The forecast is not good news for an area that is far below average snow accumulation for this time of year.

The city's total snowfall as of Friday was 2.2 inches below the average of 5.1 inches to date, 2.6 inches below the total average for December and 7 inches below the total average for the year.

"We're still abnormally dry," Moore said.

He does not expect to see much beneficial precipitation with the weekend's fast-moving cold front, which will put highs below freezing Sunday.

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