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By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 5 years ago March 16, 2019

Sunny weekend, storms will return

Summary

Enjoy the sun and spring warmth this weekend as high temperatures head into the 30s. Our next chance for a stronger storm will be later next week, and then the final week of March should be active with one or two storms during the workweek.

Short Term Forecast

Powder Pics

A final picture from the last storm cycle comes from Berthoud Pass, where the snow total was in the range of 18 inches.

For a different type of powder picture, let’s look at the view from the new GEOS-16 satellite, in geostationary orbit about 22,000 miles above the earth.

What you see below is a visible image, capturing the same view that our eyes would get if our eyes were good enough to see things at a distance of 22,000 miles.

All of the white color in the image is snow cover, with the deepest whites showing areas that are above treeline or flat valleys with little vegetation. The grey areas are usually snow-covered forests with thicker trees and vegetation.

Take a moment to study this (SUPER COOL!) image. Can you pick out your favorite mountains ranges?

Saturday through Monday

No changes to this forecast. Enjoy sunny skies with afternoon high temperatures generally in the 30s on the hill.

Extended Forecast

Most of the action is still one week away, so I’ll stick to speaking in generalities.

Our first hit of moisture will be on Tuesday and Wednesday when we could see a few showers. Any accumulations should be light and would be most likely at the higher elevations.

Then there is a good chance for a storm between Thursday 3/21 and Saturday 3/23. This storm should track to the south and could then jog north. The best odds for snow could be in Colorado’s southern and/or eastern mountains, though all mountains should see flakes.

Looking toward the last week in March, all major models (European ECMWF, American GFS, Canadian GEM) show that storminess will return to the central western US. I have no clue if the storm or storms will make a direct hit on Colorado, or which days could be snowy. At this lead time, 9-14 days, the best we can do is to look for a stormy pattern, and it looks like we’re going to get one.

Thanks for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful start to the weekend!

My next update will be on Sunday morning.

JOEL GRATZ

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Geography Key

Northern Mountains
Steamboat, Granby, Beaver Creek, Vail, Ski Cooper, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Abasin, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass, Eldora, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass

Along the Divide
Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass

East of the Divide
Eldora, Echo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass

Central Mountains
Aspen, Sunlight, Monarch, Crested Butte, Irwin, Powderhorn

Southern Mountains
Telluride, Silverton – north side of the southern mountains | Purgatory, Wolf Creek – south side of the southern mountains

About Our Forecaster

Joel Gratz

Founding Meteorologist

Joel Gratz is the Founding Meteorologist of OpenSnow and has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 2003. Before moving to Colorado, he spent his childhood as a (not very fast) ski racer in eastern Pennsylvania.

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