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Colorado Daily Snow

Light snow Wed/Thu, stronger storm Sun/Mon/Tue

Summary

Tuesday was mostly dry and mostly sunny. From Wednesday to Thursday, expect snow showers over the northern mountains with generally light accumulations of 1-5 inches. Friday will be dry, then Saturday could bring a few flakes to the northern mountains. The next significant storm will arrive on Sunday and continue through Tuesday.

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Short Term Forecast

Tuesday was mostly sunny across the state though we had a cold start to the day with temperatures in the -10*F to +10°F range.

Now on Wednesday morning, clouds are coving the sky over the northern mountains and in general, temperatures are warmer compared to 24 hours ago with readings in the +5°F to +15°F range.

Wednesday through Thursday should bring light snow to the northern mountains. Even though we’ll see decent storm energy for 36 hours, moisture will be limited, so I continue to keep my expectations low with storm total snowfall in the 1-5 inch range. The timing of the snow means that maybe we’ll see a few inches by Wednesday afternoon, with a few more inches on Wednesday night, and this might create some soft-on-groomer conditions on Thursday morning.

A few model versions hint that we could see 5+ inches for some lucky mountain thanks to a narrow band or two of intense snowfall, created by the jet stream. The latest models show that the best chance of these higher totals will be near and north of I-70 and near and east of the divide, so I am watching places like Eldora and Rocky Mountain National Park to see if Thursday morning could be a powder morning.

On Thursday, clouds should hang over the northern mountains, and any lingering snow showers should decrease throughout the day.

Friday should be dry and sunny

Extended Forecast

The first possible storm from Friday night through Saturday morning continues to trend weaker. The northern mountains might see a burst of snow but accumulations look very light, anything from a dusting to a few inches. Maybe we’ll get lucky, the storm will track a bit farther south, and we could get a bit more snow than this, but I am not excited about this storm.

The next storm between Sunday and Tuesday continues to offer the potential for significant snow, but I am not ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Snow could start anytime between Sunday morning and Sunday evening and continue through maybe Monday night or Tuesday morning. Snow totals could range between a few inches to 10+ inches. It’s possible that some mountains could enjoy a powder day on Monday and/or Tuesday. Again, I am watching this storm for possible significant snowfall, but I am not overly excited, yet.

If you’re searching for significant powder, I continue to think that keeping your eye on Monday and/or Tuesday is a good plan.

Thanks for reading!

My next update will be on Thursday morning.

JOEL GRATZ

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Geography Key

Northern Mountains
Steamboat, Granby, Beaver Creek, Vail, Ski Cooper, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, 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

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