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New Year's Day of 2018 started out on the chilly side, especially across southeastern Colorado, however the rest of January of 2018 followed an all too familiar pattern of the previous few months; namely warm and dry across much of South Central and Southeast Colorado. A few weather systems and associated cold fronts did move across the region through out the month, bringing a few big temperature swings, especially across the Eastern Plains, along with some generally light snow across the region.  However, for the month as a whole, above to well above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation were experienced across South Central and Southeast Colorado, save for at or above normal precipitation across portions of the Central Mountains and a few spotty locales across the Southeast Plains.   

The following graphics depict monthly temperature and precipitation departures from normal across the state for the past month of January. 

 

The preliminary average temperature in Alamosa through out the month of January was 23.6 degrees. This is 7.3 degrees above normal and makes January of 2018 tied with January of 1981, as the 9th warmest January on record in Alamosa. This , however, remains well behind the average January temperature of 26.4 degrees, recorded in  2003. Alamosa recorded only 0.08 inches of precipitation through the month of January, which is 0.18 inches below normal.  Alamosa recorded 1.5 inches of snow through out the month of January, which is 2.5 inches below normal.  This brings the 2017-2018 snowfall tally in Alamosa to 3.2 inches, which is 11.1 inches below normal. Alamosa set 1 daily record high temperature throughout January of 2018. (Of note, the 0.08 inches of precipitation and 1.5 inches of snowfall recorded throughout the month of January are only tied as the 23rd driest and 22nd least snowiest January's  on record in Alamosa.) 

 

The preliminary average temperature in Colorado Springs for the past month of January was 35.0 degrees. This is 4.5 degrees above normal and makes January of 2018, tied with January of 1896, as the 13th warmest January on record in Colorado Springs. This, however, remains well behind the average January temperature of 38.2 degrees, recorded in 1986.   Colorado Springs recorded  0.16 inches of precipitation through out the month of January, which is 0.16 inches below normal. Colorado Springs recorded 1.7 inches of snow through out the month of January, which is 3.9 inches below normal. This brings the 2017-2018 snowfall tally in Colorado Springs to 4.2 inches, which is 14.9 inches below normal.  Colorado Springs set 2 daily record high temperatures through out January of 2018.  (Of note, climatologically, January is the driest month of the year in Colorado Springs, and the January 2018 precipitation and snowfall totals do not make the list of Top 30 driest or least snowiest January's on record.) 

 

The preliminary average temperature in Pueblo through out the month of January was 34.2 degrees, which is 3.7 degrees above normal.  Pueblo recorded 0.23 inches of precipitation through the month of January, which is 0.12 inches below normal. Pueblo recorded 1.2 inches of snow through out the month of January, which is 5.3 inches below normal.  This brings the 2017-2018 snowfall tally in Pueblo to 3.2 inches, which is 14.8 inches below normal.  Pueblo set 1 daily record for precipitation through out January of 2018.  

 

Looking ahead into February, in Alamosa,  the average high and low temperature of 36 degrees and 1 degree on February 1st, warm to 45 degrees and 12 degrees by the end of the month. The average temperature for the month of February in Alamosa is 22.8 degrees. Alamosa averages 0.26 inches of precipitation and 3.8 inches of snow through out the month of February.  On average, February is tied with January as the driest months of the year in Alamosa. 

In Colorado Springs, the average high and low temperature of 43 degrees and 18 degrees on February 1st, warm to 48 degrees and 22 degrees by the end of the month. The average temperature for the month of February in Colorado Springs is 32.1 degrees. Colorado Springs averages 0.34 inches of precipitation and 4.9 inches of snow through out the month of February.  On average, February is tied with December as the 2nd driest month of the year in Colorado Springs.   

In Pueblo,  the average high and low temperature of 48 degrees and 15 degrees on February 1st, warm to 55 degrees and 21 degrees by the end of the month. The average temperature for the month of February in Pueblo is 33.9 degrees. Pueblo averages 0.30 inches of precipitation and 3.8 inches of snow through out the month of February. On average, February is the driest month of the year in Pueblo.  

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's (CPC) temperature and precipitation outlook for the month of February, which gives better chances of above normal temperatures and equal chances of above, below and near normal precipitation to the area, save a slight nod to below normal precipitation to southern Colorado.