Mild and mostly dry on Wednesday before our next storm make its presence felt on Thursday. Heavy snow on Thursday night and into Friday morning, especially for the eastern mountains along the Front Range. Accidents and road closures likely on Friday morning. Dry from Friday afternoon through Saturday, followed by another round of snow from Saturday night through Sunday. Storms continue through early April!
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Short Term Forecast
The anticipation for our next round of snow is killing me but we'll have to wait another 36 hours before the snow machine ramps back up to full pow(d)er on Thursday night!
For Wednesday and the first half of Thursday, we'll continue to receive mild temperatures and mostly dry conditions. I can't totally rule out a stray shower here and there but these will not amount to anything.
We should then see a line of precipitation move from west to east along the corridor on Thursday afternoon/evening as the storm begins to enter Colorado.
There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the details but after looking through as many models as I could this morning, most locations should receive 4-8 inches from Thursday night through Friday morning, with the deepest totals taking aim for the eastern mountains along the Front Range. It really all depends on the speed, timing, and track of the system as it pushes over Colorado and to our southeast, as seen in the latest GFS image above.
For reference and to show you the uncertainty surrounding the potentials totals, here's a look at the latest ensemble snow forecast for Vail Pass, courtesy of the University of Utah.
The ensemble members range from 2-18 inches through Friday morning. This gives all meteorologists headaches, especially since the storm is only 36 hours away!
For travel, all road surfaces from Vail through the foothills west of Denver will quickly turn over to an icy and snow-packed on Thursday night and into early Friday morning. The snow levels will drop down to between 6,000 and 7,000 feet and as I mentioned yesterday, this type of storm can wreak havoc on the road surfaces, especially when leaving the Front Range. Keep a close eye on CDOT and make sure your vehicle is equipped with snow tires, AWD/4WD, and/or an alternative traction device.
The storm will quickly exit Colorado by Friday afternoon and bring back dry conditions through Saturday evening.
We'll then be turning our attention to our next round of snow from Saturday night through Sunday evening. With so much uncertainty surrounding our first storm, it's almost impossible to provide details for the late weekend storm but lighter totals look like the best bet at this point.
The action won't stop there as we continue to monitor multiple storms through the final week of March and into early April. Bring it on!
You can always find the specific snow forecast for every I-70 resort, including webcams and snow reports here: https://opensnow.com/region/denveri70
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