Light snow will fall on Friday with the deepest accumulations near Wolf Creek. Most of Saturday and Sunday will be dry, then a complicated series of storms will bring snow to all of Colorado from Sunday night through Wednesday morning. Another storm should bring snow during the weekend of December 10-11.
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Short Term Forecast
On Thursday and Thursday night, storm #1 brought periods of light snow, mixed with
Now on Friday morning, storm #1 is swirling well to the south of Colorado, with snow falling across Arizona and New Mexico.
During the day on Friday, storm #1 will throw a surge of moisture north into Colorado, and this should bring another round of snow to most mountains during Friday midday, afternoon, and evening.
Most mountains will just see a dusting to an inch or two of snow on Friday.
The wind direction at about 10,000 feet will be from the southeast and east for most of the state, and this favors higher amounts in the eastern and southeastern mountains. Wolf Creek has the best shot at significant accumulations (4-8 inches), and the Sangre de Cristo mountains (southeastern Colorado) as well as Monarch and perhaps Eldora could see a few inches more than other areas.
The best chance for powder skiing will be at Wolf Creek on Friday last chair and more likely on Saturday first chair.
Friday night should bring an end to the snow.
Saturday and Sunday will be dry for most mountains. The northern mountains may hang on to a few clouds and flurries, especially on Saturday and Saturday night. Sunday will be the warmest day of the next week with high temperatures in the upper 20s to mid-30s. If you’re looking for a sunny and warmer day to make turns and have a beer on an outdoor deck, Sunday is your day!
Storm #2 will arrive late on Sunday night and could bring flakes all the way through Wednesday morning. I still cannot give you a confident forecast concerning the time and location of the best powder.
Rather than one distinct system, Storm #2 will likely move through in the form of at least two waves, one on Monday and another on Tuesday. The exact track of each wave will determine which mountains will get the best snow.
The graphic below is from the University of Utah and I agree with the range of snow accumulation possibilities that it shows: 4-18 inches.
Yes, I know that’s a laughably large range, but I can see reasons why any of these scenarios could come to fruition.
If the system stays further to the north, much of Colorado would see lighter snow. If the storm moves further south just a bit, all mountains could get multiple waves of snow and we could get 12+ inches. And if the storm digs far to the south, the southern and eastern mountains would be favored with less snow for central and northern areas. Ah, so many options!
What I do know is that the best time to ski powder will likely be Monday afternoon, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. Also, Tuesday night through Thursday will be very cold with temperatures likely not getting much above 0 degrees.
Following Storm #2 we will see dry weather on Thursday and Friday.
Storm #3 will likely bring snow back into the forecast during the weekend of December 10-11. Sorry, I can’t say more about storm #3 at this point. Can’t say or won’t say? Can’t say. I would if I could!
Have a great Friday and thanks for reading!
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