Colorado Daily Snow

Few showers this weekend, then dry and warm next week

Summary

Moisture is moving away from Colorado. The weekend will be much drier than the past week, but there could still be a few showers each day. Then next Tuesday through Friday could be completely dry with warm temperatures. There is still no sign of significant snow and cold weather in Colorado and the extended models show that we might need to wait until early October for this to arrive.

Short Term Forecast

The webcam at the summit Pikes Peak, just west of Colorado Springs, shows an especially gorgeous sunrise on Friday. There is snow on the summit and low clouds shrouding the city below.

Friday morning’s water vapor satellite image shows that the moisture plume, which had been aimed at Colorado, is now pointing to our east (green line). Higher amounts of moisture are shown as the grey and blue colors.

Friday morning’s radar agrees with the water vapor satellite image above as most of the showers are to the east of Colorado.

While the brunt of the moisture will now be to the east of Colorado, some moisture will hang around this weekend (see how we are still in a grey area on the water vapor satellite image).

This means that I can’t rule out a few showers on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Overall, a very nice weekend, just not perfect.

Extended Forecast

Looking ahead to next week, the moisture should be completely gone.

It appears that we will see nearly perfect weather on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and maybe Friday, with no precipitation and warm temperatures.

The 7-day precipitation forecast shows completely dry weather to the west of Colorado, which will move in our direction after a couple of leftover showers this weekend.

As for temperatures, we will be in the bullseye of the warmth next week.

In the map above, the only really cold spot will be in the northwest. Indeed there could be some snow in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada over the next 10 days.

Aside from the Canadian snow, the other big weather news in the next 10 days is the potential landfall of a strong Hurricane Florence late next week (September 13-14, ish) somewhere along the central eastern seaboard. Right now, the highest landfall probabilities are around the Carolinas. The hurricane is still about one week out, and its course could change dramatically. Stay tuned.

For us here in Colorado, I looked at the longer-range models, which extend out to 30-45 days, and I do not see any sign of cold and snowy weather for the month of September. The first sign of this is sometime during the first 10 days of October. That’s fine with me – I’ll take a dry and warmer September, which is one of my favorite months of the year as the Aspens turn gold under (often) gorgeous blue skies.

Thanks for reading about next update on Monday, September 10!

JOEL GRATZ

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