Pardon my short post with no graphics … I’m at Vagabond Ranch through Sunday and the internet connection is extremely weak.
Summary & Details:
For most areas across Colorado, snow will fall moderately from Friday morning through midday, then it will turn more showery by afternoon. Accumulations should be around 3-6 inches with the most consistent snowfall through the first half of the day.
For areas east of the divide like Eldora and Rocky Mountain National Park, snow should fall moderately to heavily through the afternoon and into the evening with accumulations of 10-15 inches by Saturday morning. The best powder for these areas will be Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning as another 2-4 or 3-6 inches should fall after lifts close on Friday.
For areas along the divide that sometimes do well with easterly flow, like Berthoud Pass, Winter Park, Abasin, Loveland, and Monarch, I have less confidence in the forecast. I’m not sure if the upslope flow that will bring heavier snow to areas east of the divide will make it up to the divide. I think splitting the difference in the snow forecast between western and eastern areas is about right, so maybe 6-10 inches for these mountains.
Here is my current estimate for the snow at each mountain: http://opsw.co/CO1-5
Snow and clouds will clear out from most mountains by midnight Friday night, and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will be mostly sunny and dry.
The next storm will arrive on Monday night or Tuesday morning and will follow a similar track to today’s storm with most areas seeing 3-6 inches and areas east of the divide getting more. Tuesday’s storm will be colder, however, so the powder will likely be fluffier and Tuesday could be another fun powder day.
The models are in general agreement that next Wednesday through Friday (12-14th) will be dry, then another weak-ish storm hits around Saturday the 15th.
Sunday through Tuesday-ish (16-18th) look dry, then the second half of that week could be stormy again.
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