Sunday is another beautiful day across the state - get outside and enjoy! Yesterday provided every possible activity, from skiing in the Steamboat area to leaf viewing and hiking in central and southern Colorado to mountain biking in other areas.
Monday and Tuesday will also be spectacular with warming temperatures. Wednesday will stay dry and sunny for most areas, though there could be a light shower later in the day in the San Juans.
The next storm will arrive on Thursday morning and last through midday Friday, with the early part of the storm hitting the San Juans and the later part of the storm focusing on northern Colorado. While this storm will be a bit warmer than last Friday's storm, expect snow levels to drop to 7,000 feet with about 6-12 inches of snow for many areas.
This is the European model's forecast for precipitation from Thursday morning through Friday night. This is the forecast for liquid equivalent, so based on the temperature of the storm, you can multiply the numbers in the image below by about 10 to 12 to estimate snowfall. So 1.0 inch of preciptation could be roughly 10-12 inches of snow. Image source: WeatherBell.com
The European Model is taking the storm a bit further south than the American model, so it is showing more precipitation for the San Juans in southwestern Colorado. However, even if the storm track is a bit north of the European's forecast, I still think the San Juans will see good snow from this storm, as well as other areas like Irwin, Crested Butte, Aspen, Beaver Creek, and Steamboat. Higher elevations along the divide like Loveland could also see nice accumulations, but these would likely come a bit later on Thursday night into Friday morning.
If this were mid winter, I'd be looking for a powder day in the San Juans on Thursday, and potentially for more northern areas on Thursday afternoon or first thing Friday morning. Keep dreaming!
There could be another weaker storm early next week (Oct 14-15), but it's way too early to know many details. I'll keep you posted...
Enjoy today's perfect weather!