On Wednesday morning, rain and high-elevation snowflakes are on-going across most of Colorado. Expect precipitation again on Thursday, and then we’ll begin to dry out on Friday. The weekend and next week look drier, but I do not know if we’ll be able to stay completely dry through the week. Peering further ahead, there is no sign of cold air and widespread snow in Colorado through at least mid-September.
Short Term Forecast
The radar is active on Wednesday morning with plenty of precipitation over the mountains of Colorado.
I noticed that the temperature at Fremont Pass (11,300ft), about 10 miles south of Copper Mountain and Breckenridge, dipped to the freezing mark around sunrise on Wednesday. Since the radar indicated that there was precipitation in the area, I checked the CDOT cam, and sure enough, a coating of snow had accumulated on non-paved surfaces. Sweet!
We’ll continue to see chances for showers through the day on Wednesday and Thursday, and any of these showers could drop snow on the mountains above about 12,000ft. During the cooler nighttime hours, we might even get snow to a lower elevation, down to 11,000ft, as Fremont Pass proved this morning.
The moisture will finally begin to leave Colorado on Friday, so expect lower chances for showers.
During the weekend, most of the time will be dry for most of Colorado. It’s possible that we will see a bit of moisture sneak in from the west (as opposed to the current moisture which is moving in from the south), so I can’t call it a completely dry weekend. But if you’re looking to get out for a longer adventure, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be able to pull it off with minimal weather concern.
Next week, September 10-14, looks generally dry and warm.
That said, most models are showing enough moisture so that we could see a few light showers on some of the days, and there might be another moisture surge late next week (September 14?). Something we’ll have to watch.
Is there a chance for a lot of snow anytime soon? Not really. Here is the 15-day snow forecast.
Aside from the current showers leaving a dusting on Colorado’s higher peaks, the best chance of snow in North America through mid-September will be in Canada and perhaps the higher peaks of Montana and Wyoming.
Thanks for reading … next update on Friday, September 7!
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