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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 25, 2024

Dry Sunday, Snow Monday & Tuesday

Summary

Dry and mild on Sunday. Snow returns on Sunday night and into Monday, followed by very intense snowfall, gusty winds, and a blast of very cold air on Tuesday. Sunny and warmer on Wednesday. Dry weather continues from Thursday through Saturday ahead of more snow around March 3-4 and March 7-8.

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Sunday

We'll receive one more day of dry weather on Sunday ahead of the headline storm on Monday and Tuesday. Expect a mix of sun and high clouds filtering in throughout the day as temps climb into the upper 20s to low 30s.

Monday

Snow showers will begin to fall as early as Sunday night and ramp up through Monday, ahead of the main event by late Monday night and into Tuesday morning. We could receive anywhere from 1-4 inches on Monday, along with gusty winds and temps in the 20s.

Tuesday

All eyes are on Monday night through Tuesday evening as a significant storm blasts through Colorado.

This storm has all of the ingredients, including a lot of moisture, jet stream support, a very strong cold front, and our primary wind direction at the mountain-top level starting out of the west-southwest and rotating to blow out of the west-northwest through Tuesday evening.

The image above shows the temperatures at roughly 10,000 feet on Tuesday morning and you can clearly see the line of very cold air sliding into northern Colorado. This is the cold front, which will kick off snowfall rates of 1-2+ inches per hour through midday Tuesday, along with very low to zero visibility on the mountain.

The following image is our in-house, experimental snow quality forecast. The black line is the snow quality, while the blue bars show the 3-hour snowfall rate. Time goes from left to right.

It's going to be wild on Tuesday and even though skiing conditions could be tough due to the intense snowfall and gusty winds, the turns will only get deeper as the day goes on.

From a skiing perspective, again, it will be full-on storm skiing conditions on Tuesday. The snow quality will be dense to start the storm from Monday through midday Tuesday due to the warmer temps and gusty winds but much colder air and lighter winds on Tuesday afternoon and into Tuesday evening should provide us with some nice fluffy snow as the storm departs.

I will be targeting last chair Tuesday and first chair Wednesday for the best turns during this cycle.

In total, I'm going to increase the forecast up to 8-14 inches from Monday morning through Tuesday night. Totals could be higher but we'll see how it shakes out.

Wednesday - Friday

Sub-zero temps and clearing skies will follow on Wednesday morning ahead of sunny skies and temps quickly climbing back into the 20s on Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday will offer great turns from the snow that wasn't skied on Tuesday and falls on Tuesday evening.

More mild and dry weather will follow on Thursday and Friday. Expect mostly sunny skies and mid-mountain temps climbing into the low 30s each day.

For travel, icy and snow-packed road surfaces will be encountered on Wednesday morning ahead of mostly dry rod surfaces and normal travel speeds from Wednesday afternoon through Friday.

Next Weekend & Beyond

Following one more day of dry weather next Saturday, March 2, we'll focus on another good-looking storm that should arrive by Sunday, March 3, and continue into Monday, March 4.

We could then see dry weather come Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, ahead of yet another storm around Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8. February will end with a bang and it looks like the flow of storms will continue well into March.

Thanks for reading! Next update on Monday.

Sam Collentine

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Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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