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Saturday, January 1, 2011

General forecast for the next week

After the end of 2010's active few days of weather, 2011 will start off fairly calm for us here in the Midwest.    As is typical after a major low pressure system propagates across the U.S., high pressure will settle in for the next several days. This high pressure isn't really associated with a strong upper level ridge, however and this means that, while we will have sunny and dry weather, it will still be cold.  High temperatures along the Front Range will struggle to reach the 40's this week. Skies will be clear at night, which will allow for much colder nights with overnight lows staying in the single digits and teens. Southwesterly changing to westerly winds will be calm for the most part in Colorado, but will be breezy to gusty in Wyoming, causing blowing snow along the I-80 corridor for a few days, and very low wind chill values all week long.  The next system is just starting to show up 180 hours out, or around next weekend time frame, on the GFS forecast model. A center of low pressure that is currently forming and will become fairly stationary off the southern coast of California will start to spin its way over northern Mexico and southern Texas later this week. This system has the potential to bring some upslope precipitation to Colorado, but will more than likely be terrain induced and mainly in the mountains.  Right now it looks like a cold front will drop temperatures some for Friday and the weekend.  Overall, a pleasant, mild, but still cold week is ahead.  Enjoy winter finally make an appearance in Colorado and the start of a new year!


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