Sunday will be mostly sunny and warmer than Saturday with highs in the 20s. Then a multi-part storm will bring snow from Monday morning through Friday, then there will be another storm during the weekend of March 25-26. The deepest powder days could be Tuesday morning, Wednesday-day and Thursday morning, and beyond that, it's too far away to figure out the details.
Short Term Forecast
Saturday brought gorgeous weather with sunny skies and chilly temperatures that topped out in the teens at the upper elevations across Colorado.
Sunday will also be mostly sunny and high temperatures will be warmer and should rise into the 20s. The only wrinkle in Sunday's weather is that there are a few snow showers now early on Sunday morning across the far southern mountains, and these showers are forecast to dissipate throughout the morning.
Monday to Friday will then deliver us the gift of a multi-part storm cycle with snow falling somewhere in Colorado every day of the week. The first part of this storm cycle is showing up as rain and mountain snow moving into California on Sunday morning, and this precipitation will arrive here in Colorado by early Monday morning.
Part one of the storm from Monday morning to Tuesday morning will deliver free refills of powder on Monday in the southern mountains with the deepest powder elsewhere should fall late on Monday and Monday night which means that Tuesday morning will offer the best snow. Total snowfall by Tuesday morning should be 1-2 feet in the far southern mountains, 6-12 inches for most central and northwest mountains, and 4-10 inches for other northern mountains.
Tuesday during the day could offer a short break in the snow for the northern and central mountains while the southern mountains will see snow ramp up during the day.
Part two of the storm from Tuesday night to Thursday morning will create a stormy day on Wednesday with periods of intense snow and gusty winds. The southern mountains should see powder conditions all day on Wednesday, while the central and northern mountains will likely see periods of snow on Wednesday with the powder getting better through the day, and with more snow on Wednesday night, Thursday morning could also be fun.
Part three of the storm from Thursday through Friday is more uncertain. We could see snow showers continue across the northern and central mountains with additional accumulations, though I have low confidence in any specific outcome for these two days.
Total precipitation from Monday to Friday will be impressive with 3-4+ feet of snow in the far southern mountains, 1-2 feet of snow for most west-central and west-northern mountains, and 10-15+ inches for the northeastern mountains.
Snow quality should be reasonably good, with relatively denser snow on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday due to warmer temperatures and gusty winds, and then relatively fluffier snow from later Wednesday to Friday.
Following the multi-part storm from Monday through Friday, amazingly, there will be ANOTHER storm during the weekend of March 25-26. While most of the mid-range forecast models are in disagreement about the details of this storm, all of the forecast models show that the storm will bring us snow during the weekend, so it'll be something to watch.
And then during the following week, we should see ANOTHER storm during the middle to end of the week, roughly March 29-31. Again, I can't really comment on the details of the storm, but all of the longer-range forecast models show this storm, so we should be looking at more snow to close out the month of March.
What a month. What a season!
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