Low temperatures for Tuesday morning will be cold, just not as cold of late!
Temperatures early Monday morning had minus readings for many locations with Gunnison recording the coldest of the Western Slope. Competing with Meeker and Eagle these minus readings ranged from -12 to -22F! The good news is the expectation of increased cloud coverage through Tuesday will allow temperatures to drop less drastically. The message remains the same, it is going to be cold, there will be wind chills and below average lows are in the forecast.
There is a slightly unsettled weather pattern courtesy of a return to the La Nina weather pattern. This pattern was experienced in November/early December with storms originating in the PACNW and traversing the U.S. along the northern tier states. These are generally not a direct hit to Colorado, but they can deliver decent snow totals to the northern and sometimes the central mountain zones. As a result of this incoming midweek and late week pattern, there is a Winter Storm Warning in place for the northern mountains from Tuesday January 4, 2022 11 am through Thursday January 6, 2022 until 11 pm. These isolated series of storms will deliver 1-2 feet of new snow as far south as the Flat Tops and travel is expected to be impacted with this winter weather. Wind gusts above tree line are anticipated greater than 50 mph. The wind ahead, during and between these storms should help clear out the inversions in place for many lower elevation valleys. Middle 30 degree readings are the average high temperatures for a few spots this time of the year. Unless/until these inversions break, many locations will not make those numbers.