Forecast news: Rain turning to snow, hard freeze tonight, red flag warning southwest #COdrought #COwx

From the National Weather Service Pueblo office:

A late season winter storm will move across Southern Colorado through Thursday morning. Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for the Central and Eastern Mountains…as well as Teller and Northern El Paso counties with several inches of accumulation likely. The highest amounts will be in the mountains. Areas over the Plains will likely start out as a rain-snow mix, but change over to all snow by late this morning. In addition…very cold air will move into the region for Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A hard freeze is expected with overnight lows dropping into the lower to mid 20s. Precautions should be made to protect plants and sprinkler systems.

From the National Weather Service Grand Junction office:

A low pressure system and associated cold front will continue to push southward across the forecast area this morning. Much colder and breezy conditions will occur today behind the front. Precipitation will favor the northern Colorado mountains, where up to 6 inches of snow will fall. Isolated to scattered showers will also fall across the lower elevations of western Colorado this morning then diminish, with other areas remaining mostly dry. Across far Southwest Colorado a Red Flag Warning is in effect for this afternoon, due to gusty winds and dry conditions. Most locations will be near to below freezing on Thursday morning, which may pose problems for tender vegetation. Fair conditions with gradual warming is anticipated Thursday afternoon into Friday.

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