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Fall is just on the horizon, but snow in this week’s forecast may impact leaf -viewing this fall and the snow and frost warnings are likely to damage local gardens. The Weather Channel issued a winter storm warning from 6 a.m. Tuesday. Sept. 8 to 12 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 9. Heavy snow is expected with five to eight inches of snowfall likely. Moisture could be accompanied by high winds and travel may be impacted during the morning and evening commute.

In preparation for the snow, the National Weather Service advises people to remember to bring in potted plants and cover those in the ground that you want to save. Remember that snow on trees which are still laden with leaves could cause damage to tree branches and shrubs.

A hard freeze (when air temperatures fall to 28 degrees/F or below)  is expected across the San Luis Valley and along the I-25 corridor which could cause crop damage as well as freeze pipes. Temperatures for Buena Vista could dip as low as 23 degrees F overnight Tuesday. The extreme weather is expected to be temporary, with temperatures rebounding by the coming weekend.


Featured image: Arkansas River walkway at the boat ramp in Salida.  File photo by Sandy Hobbs