Snow has fallen on peaks over 12,000 feet a few times this week. I collected a few pictures that resorts have sent and also a reader picture from up on Torreys Peak this week.
Snow on the peaks
Source: Copper Mountain
Source: Jeremy Swanson
Source: Zach Hykan
The next 7 days: Things have changed
Earlier this week, the mid-range forecast for this weekend and especially next week looked very dry. I thought most mountains would be free of afternoon storms most of the time.
Well, as is often the case with a 5-7 day weather forecast, things changed.
Both the American GFS and European model show a somewhat drier weekend coming up (though still a few afternoon storms around), and then more moisture returning for next week.
Midday and afternoon showers are a good bet for a lot of next week, and there could even be some overnight or early morning rain depending on the exact timing of the moisture surges (there is NO way to forecast the timing of these moisture surges more than about 1-2 days out).
The following maps are from Weatherbell.com, showing the American GFS model’s forecast for moisture. Green shows above-average moisture, and you can see it returning to Colorado from the south next week.
In short, expect a somewhat drier weekend and then a return to showers next week, with temperatures that are going to be warmer than this week.
Labor Day Weekend
Likely not a wash out, but hard to say if it’ll be dry or we’ll see our typical afternoon showers. Also, colder air will try to approach from the west at some point during the holiday or just after, so we’ll have to watch for that.
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