The mountains, most mesas and plateaus of Colorado will be getting the first round of winter Tuesday as an incoming storm system will deliver cold air, rain and snow (elevation dependent). A second system will round out the wee with more of the above.
Overcast, cool and breezy conditions have been the norm to start the work week. This is the activity or the calm before the storm. An early Tuesday morning arrival time marked by wind and rain for many locations will be the going forecast with snow falling and accumulating in the higher elevations. Temperatures are too mild for anything but rain in the lower elevations, but a rain/snow mix is not out of the question for Montrose Tuesday morning. Mountain roads/passes will be under a Winter Advisory and travel will be slow and delayed. Please plan accordingly, this will be winter driving conditions. Otherwise, Tuesday will be a soggy start with afternoon temperatures that will never really get away from the low 50s and breezy conditions. Rain gear, and a layer of warmth is recommended. The exit pattern with this quick moving system won’t materialize before sundown Tuesday. Expect lingering showers as late as midnight. That being said, the coldest air arrives Wednesday morning. Anything still precipitating will likely turn over to a rain/snow mix for the lower elevations. Just as cool Wednesday afternoon with a partly cloudy pattern and a breeze that will initiate a wind chill for some. Another system arrives Thursday to reinforce the cold temperatures (through the end of this week/weekend) with another round of rain and snow. Low temperatures for the mornings later this week will be chilly!