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Pueblo, Colorado to Lima, Ohio

Today we embark on a 3-day trip from the foothills of the Rockies to the Ohio Valley. 1,249 miles separate Pueblo from Lima, so let’s hit the road!


A system shifting through the Four Corners into the Southern Plains is bringing snow to the Pueblo area during the overnight into early morning hours. Some light snow will continue to fall as we head eastward out of the area. After an hour or two, the precip will come to an end as the focus of the system shifts down over OK/TX, leaving dry weather and partially clearing skies as we head into western Kansas. Dry weather will continue throughout the remainder of the day with some northerly winds. A rather pleasant afternoon is expected as we eventually pull into Salina, KS for the night.


The storm system over the Southern Plains will quickly make it’s way into the Ohio Valley throughout the day. Dry weather and partly cloudy skies greet us as we start our day, though it will be noticeably cooler than the previous evening. Mostly dry conditions are expected throughout the day on our eastward jaunt along I-70. There’s a slight chance of some late-afternoon/early-evening rain showers as we close in on St. Louis, a product of some wraparound moisture still lingering over the Mid-MS River Valley behind our aforementioned storm system. St. Louis is where we stay for the night.


A weak ridge of high pressure shifts over the MS River Valley overnight, though it’ll be chilly as some cold air continues to dig in on the backside of this system. Partly cloudy skies will last throughout much of the day as we continue eastward on I-70 through Illinois and past Indianapolis. Overcast skies are expected as we approach Ohio and don’t be surprised if we see a stray shower as we turn northward out of Dayton towards Lima, but shouldn’t be anything more than a brief nuisance!

Pueblo, Colorado to Boise, Idaho

There isn’t much of a direct route between Pueblo and Boise, so despite a somewhat short distance between the two cities as the crow flies, it will take nearly two full days to cover the distance between the towns in the car, covering 936 miles. We’ll move at a pace of 67.6mph, or in other words, we’ll cover 541 miles on Sunday’s drive.

DAY ONE (Sunday)

High pressure in the Plains is working to shove a whole lot of moisture right up against the Rockies this weekend, and after some widespread showers and thunderstorms today, there will be more isolated showers and storms tomorrow. There could be some rain as we head north along the Front Range, with the best chance for coming south of the Palmer Divide, but most of the thunder will wait until later in the day, after we have made a westward turn at Laramie, Wyoming. After Laramie, we won’t have any weather issues, stopping near Evanston in the southwest corner for the night.

DAY TWO (Monday)
Expect hot and dry conditions to continue to build through the day on Monday. Triple digits will be possible in the valleys, but fortunately, upper level ridging should do a good job of stamping out too much wind across the region, which will limit the dust and threat for spreading wildfires. Nevertheless, expect to pull into Boise with an immediate need for a glass of water.

Longview, Texas to Pueblo, Colorado

Our trip today will take us through the dustiest part of the Plains, from north Texas to eastern Colorado. It will be a day and a half from Longview to Pueblo, covering 808 miles. The first day, as always, will be a full day, at a pace of 63.6mph, which means we will be 509 miles into the trip when we call it a day. If only there was a freeway around here.

DAY ONE (Friday)

We are starting at the very easternmost part of the state of Texas, and we won’t leave it. We’ll make it through Dallas-Fort Worth, Wichita Falls and barely pass by Amarillo before the day is over. Most of north Texas will be dry, but the tail of a cold front will touch off some thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle. Low pressure is going to develop in the Mid-Atlantic, with a strong cold front emerging from east to west from Tennessee to the Panhandle. The Panhandle will be at the tail of the front, so rain and thunder won’t be widespread but this being the Texas Panhandle, whatever does develop could be jumbo sized. The chance we get clipped by one is fairly low, though, maybe 10-20%, and even then, likely when we have stopped in Bishop Hills, on the outskirts of Amarillo.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
There will be a pair of features threatening our route on Saturday morning. There will be lingering thunderstorms at the tail end of that cold front, while a wave moving through the Rockies will generate clusters of storms in the in the higher terrain, aided by monsoonal flow. We will have a corridor, however, through the Panhandles and southeastern Colorado. Some clouds with an isolated shower may peek over the Rockies and bring some afternoon showers to Pueblo, but I wouldn’t count on it.

New Orleans, Louisiana to Pueblo, Colorado

Today we’re traveling from one vacation destination to another, albeit for entire different reasons. New Orleans for their lovely warm weather and rich culture, Pueblo for their plethora of nearby winter activities in the Rockies. It’s 1,188 miles between the two, so it’ll take a couple days to complete the trek

New Orleans


High pressure controls most of the Eastern US, but a weak lingering boundary along the central Gulf Coast continues to keep moisture hovering in the region. Some low clouds and fog are expected in the New Orleans area as we depart in the morning, and can’t rule out an isolated shower either. As we continue through Northern Louisiana and towards Dallas, showers should remain to the south of our route, but clouds are expected to linger over much of the area. Increased southerly gusts are anticipated as well as an area of low pressure continues to intensify over the Central Rockies. Eventually we end our day in Wichita Falls, TX.


The aforementioned low pressure system pushes out over the Central Plains during the morning hours, with quite gusty winds anticipated as we depart Wichita Falls. A few scattered showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm are possible in the area as we make our way northwest towards Amarillo, as a strong cold front is pushing through the region. Lucky for us, the worst of it will develop well after we’re out of the area, moving out of Texas and into far northeastern New Mexico. Strong westerly winds could slow us down some as the fill in behind the front, but at least we’ll avoid the severe weather that’ll pop up over the Plains. We might see some very light precip starting up over Pueblo as we pull in for the night, but nothing that we can’t handle.


A great forecast, except for one thing.

Accuweather and Victoria-Weather had 2 and 3 degrees of error, respectively, after I had verified the temperatures for Sunday and the high for Monday in Pueblo. Then, I took a look at the morning low on Monday. Pueblo checked in at 31 degrees early Monday morning, which, in addition to being unpleasantly chilly on Monday, was at least 10 degrees colder than any outlet had in their forecast. The clear skies and lack of any moisture in the atmosphere allowed temperatures to absolutely plummet. It’s a good thing the winds didn’t pick up until later in the afternoon, otherwise we would be talking about the wind chill Pueblo was sporting. Those two outlets I mentioned at the beginning of the post, Accuweather and Victoria-Weather, ended up with the top two forecasts.
Actuals: Sunday – High 77, Low 37
Monday – High 67, Low 31

Grade: C-D

Pueblo, Colorado

It’s a stormy night in the High Plains, but not so much on the Front Range. Will Pueblo’s luck continue?

At 753PM, MT, Pueblo was reporting a temperature of 60 degrees with clear skies. A dry line along the Kansas border was responsible for the generation of s=some hail producing supercells across the border, but in Pueblo, the dew points were in the teens, and it was quite pleasant.
A jet trough moving through the northern Plains will send some cooler air south through Colorado, but won’t be able to generate any precipitation in Pueblo, owing to the position of the dry line east of town. Expect warm days and a blustery afternoon tomorrow as the upper trough passes by.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 78, Low 38
Monday – Mostly sunny but cooler, High 66, low 44

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 42
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 70, low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, nice and warm High 77, Low 38
Monday – Pleasant with periods of clouds and sunshine Hgh 66, Low 42

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 78, low 43
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 65, Low 45

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 77, Low 43
Monday – Mostly sunny, with a 10 percent chance of rain showers, High 65, Low 45

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 77, Low 43
Monday – Partly Cloudy High 64, low 45

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening. High 73, Low 51
Monday – Partly cloudy throughout the day.High 65, low 40

With low dew points, those temperatures are pretty comfortable. Satellite shows thunderstorms off to the east.

A late December chill

Colorado is typically known more for the snow it sees in the winter, but every once in a while when you get a big swath of high pressure pressing into the high plains, cold air gets exasperating by upsloping flow. That same flow can produce snow showers as air can no longer retain moisture as it moves up the mountains, but it won’t be the bounty that they can see when there is a legitimate system moving through. All this is to say that Pueblo saw a little bit of snow and very cold temperatures for the last two days. In fact, they set a record for low temperatures yesterday by plummeting all the way to -16. Victoria-Weather closes the year strong, getting the very top forecast in a very cold town.
Actuals: Monday – 2.3″ of snow High 26, Low 6
Tuesday – .3″ of snow, High 6, Low -16

Grade: C

Pueblo, Colorado to Fort Collins, Colorado

This seems like a short easy trip, but I can assure you that this will not be easy. There is upsloping flow that is bringing some snow to the region. Let’s see if it will slow things down on this normally three hour (or so) trip covering 176 miles. Even with crummy conditions, we’ll navigate the trip in under a day. We need to get going. Remember your snow pants.

The snow in Colorado is being caused by the opposite kind of system that causes inclement weather pretty much anywhere else in the world. High pressure in the Plains is forcing moisture and cold air up the mountains, which in turn is causing the copious snowfall to fall across the Front Range. High pressure won’t be moving by tomorrow, but it will be cutting off moisture from the Gulf, so snow won’t be as intense. I think the best bet for accumulating snow will be south of the Palmer Divide, with more manageable flurries through Denver and Fort Collins.
Fort Collins

Pueblo, Colorado

Today we’re off to the mountains of Colorado! Well, the foothills anyways. A significant storm has been brewing in the Northern Rockies, will this affect the area as we head into the final days of 2014?

At 7:53pm MST, the temperature in Pueblo, CO is 31 degrees under fair skies. Hopefully the residents of Pueblo enjoy these near freezing temperatures right now, because they’re about to plummet in a big way. A system pushing its way southward through the Rockies brought heavy snows to the Northern Rockies and continues moving through the Central Rockies currently. The higher elevations will see higher accumulations from this system while the foothills shouldn’t get more than an inch or two throughout the day Monday and Tuesday morning. The worst of this system coincides with a MASSIVE area of high pressure moving over the Northern Rockies. One US computer model has it as strong as 1060mb! What this means is a significant push of arctic air will be spilling through the region Monday night into Tuesday, causing for a rather weak diurnal rebound Tuesday afternoon before the bottom drops out overnight into Wednesday morning. Brrrr. Be sure to wear a couple extra layers to start the week off!

Monday: Light but persistent snow during the afternoon and evening. Temperature dropping through much of the afternoon/evening. High 23, Low 4.
Tuesday: Light snow tapers off early, significantly colder. High 8, Low -10.

TWC: Monday: Afternoon snow. High 27, Low 11.
Tuesday: Few snow showers. High 15, Low -4.

AW: Monday: A little snow, significantly colder in evening. High 24, Low 7.
Tuesday: Colder with a little snow. High 9, Low -5.

NWS: Monday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am. High 22, Low 0.
Tuesday: Light snow chances continue. High 7, Low -5.

WB: Monday: Snow expected. High 20, Low 3.
Tuesday: 30% chance of snow, mainly in morning. High 8, Low -6.

WN: Monday: Cloudy with light snow likely. High 21, Low 0.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. High 9, Low -6.

Here we see a large, scattered cloud system associated with this storm dropping through the Western US. It’s gonna be a chilly couple of days!


Off to a cool start

The cooler weather that has been in place across the Midwest this summer filtered its way into Pueblo as July drew to a close and August sprang forth. The typically very warm and dry weather late July and August bring to Pueblo was nowhere to be found. It didn’t even reach 80 this week, and a wave moving out of the Rockies brought in a little bit of rain on Friday. That’s unexpected! Not for our meteorologists, though, who generally did a good job forecasting the cooler temperatures. Accuweather even came in too cool on every forecast point. The Weather Channel was closest to the mark, and despite missing on the precipitation forecast, ended up with the best forecast.
Actuals: Thursday – High 75, Low 59
Friday – .03 inches of rain, High 79, Low 60

Grade: C