The Colorado Daily Snow

Snow & Powder Forecasts for Colorado

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:31am

Unfortunately there's just not much to talk about for Colorado. The Pacific Northwest is getting hammered, though temperatures aren't all that cold up there so they will deal with higher snow levels and an upside-down snow storm over the next day or two (that's when heavier, denser snow falls on top of lighter, fluffier snow...ideally you want that to be reversed).

A storm will move across Montana and Wyoming on Wednesday and Wednesday night, and this will bring more clouds and cooler temperatures to areas north of I-70 from Wednesday night through Thursday. There could be a few flurries or light snow showers in the most northern mountains during this time, but I'm not expecting any accumulation.

The next storm should arrive Sunday evening and last through Tuesday morning, and it looks like the most snow will fall for the northern half of Colorado and possibly east of the divide. It's still a bit too early to give exact snowfall predictions, but both the European Model and the American GFS Model (the two most trusted longer-term forecast models) are showing the main storm energy staying in northern and eastern Colorado, which is more like a side-swipe than a head-on collision. This means that it will get cooler with snow from Sunday night through Tuesday morning, but I'm not expecting big accumulations. I might classify this is a small to medium storm with the potential for a few mountains to see 6-10", though most areas will likely see less than half a foot. Again, the storm is six days away, so use this forecast to get a feel for what the storm will do rather than focusing on the exact amounts.

Unfortunately, after the next storm departs on Tuesday, I don't see much of anything through December 1st/2nd. The storm track looks like it'll stay along the west coast and the north, making a diagonal line from Tahoe to central Montana, with areas along and northwest of this track seeing snow and areas south and east seeing sunny skies. This means snow for Tahoe, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and occasionally for the Tetons in Wyoming and northern Utah, while little to no snow will fall in most of Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern California. I CAN'T give an indication about this weather pattern persisting through December...I just know that it'll be around for the next 10ish days, minus the storm on the 25th-27th.

JOEL GRATZ

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