Saturday will bring snow showers to the south-eastern and southern mountains of Colorado with 3-6+ inches of accumulation. Sunday will be dry. Then from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, the next storm will bring 3-6 inches to many mountains with up to a foot in some eastern areas.
Short Term Forecast
Friday morning offered fun powder at some spots, especially over northern and eastern areas and down to Aspen and Snowmass.
On Friday and Friday night, additional snow showers hung around and dropped up to 5 inches at Breckenridge and 4 inches at Eldora. That means that Saturday morning will again be soft. This snow stake image from Eldora on Saturday morning looks a lot like winter and not so much like spring!
On Saturday and Saturday night, the focus for snowfall will move to the southeast and southern mountains of Colorado. Some of this snow will be steady and some will be showery, so I have low-ish confidence in amounts, though 6+ inches is a good possibility for some of the more southern areas.
Sunday, Sunday night, and Monday morning should be mostly dry and sunny.
Then the next storm will bring snow back to Colorado, arriving from north-to-south on Monday afternoon, and will continue on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. This storm will bring the most snow east of the divide where accumulations could be in the double digits, though areas close-ish to the divide should at least see 3-6 inches and maybe more.
I have pretty high confidence in the forecast for Monday evening into Tuesday morning and that Tuesday morning should be pretty fun for the favored areas on the map above.
The longer-range forecast = more chances for snow.
It looks like Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry, Thursday and Friday will have a chance for snow, Saturday and Sunday could be dry and warm, then the next storm could be around the following Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27-28.
It's too soon to know the details about any of these storms, but powder days for some areas are possible if any of the systems are on the stronger side.
I have two really good images that I'll post next week. Stay tuned.
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