On Monday night, a large yet somewhat disjointed storm moved across Colorado. Mountains above 9,000 feet saw snowfall with 1-3 inches across most ranges. Cool weather will persist through Wednesday, and then the weather pattern will transition back to dry and warm conditions for the better part of a week. The next storm will be possible around Thursday, October 12.
On Monday afternoon and Monday night, a large yet disjointed storm moved across Colorado. We saw on-then-off showers, and snowflakes accumulated down to about 9,000 feet. Let's get to the pictures as of Tuesday morning!
I ordered these views from roughly northeast to southwest across the state.
Some of this snow will stick around on shaded, north-facing slopes, but most of this snow will melt during the upcoming warm and sunny weather.
Back to dry and warm conditions
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we'll see mostly dry and partly sunny skies, and also there will be lingering showers and cool air around the state.
Then from this Thursday through next Wednesday, we will head back into a warm and dry weather pattern.
Next chance for a storm
It appears that the next opportunity for a storm here in Colorado will be around Thursday, October 12, plus or minus a day. Most of the 7-10-day forecast models show some type of storm moving close to or over Colorado around the 12th, but it's too far out to know if this will be an impactful system, bring just a few showers, or maybe miss us entirely.
Back to dry weather during mid-October?
Once we pass through October 12th (ish), it is likely that we will trend back toward dry and warm weather. There will be storms somewhat close by, mostly to our northwest and to our north, and any of these systems could pay us a visit here in Colorado, but looking at the average of many versions of the longer-range forecast, it appears likely that mid-October will stay drier and not stormier.
Of course, we're a little early in the season to think about real turns (though during some years, early-season storms can bring enough snow for great October skiing), and most of our attention at this time of year is usually focused on snowmaking.
For the higher-elevation locations, like A-Basin, Loveland, Keystone, and Copper, the wet-bulb temperatures will start to flirt with the mid-20s, which is borderline cold enough for snowmaking (learn about snowmaking here), so we will likely see some of these areas turn on the snowmaking machines during the coming weeks. That said, there will be a lot of time and work to complete between now and when the first machine-made snow is ready to ride, with the first ski runs usually opening during the second half of October.
Please join me at one of these community talks. I'll discuss the season ahead, new weather forecasting technology, and answer all of your questions as best as I can. I'll also hand out OpenSnow swag:-) Let's get excited for winter to return!
- October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center.
This talk is organized by the Colorado Mountain Club. Their members have dibs on the 100 seats, though there should be space for non-members to attend, so c'mon out and I'll see you there!
- October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Riverfront in Avon.
The presentation will be in the lobby of the Westin. See you there!
- November 9 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.
More details soon.
- Additional talks are likely in Denver and Summit County, stay tuned.
It will take you 30-60 seconds to set up, and then you'll be able to see current conditions, check the forecast, and keep an eye on your favorite cams right on your home screen(s), without opening our app.
Here is an explainer article, and below I show three of my phone's home screens with widgets.
On the left, I have a current conditions widget that always shows the weather at my current location (it follows me from home to wherever I am going). I set up the data to show the time of the last weather update, the sky condition, the high and low temperatures for the day, and the sunrise and sunset times. You can change what is displayed on this widget (including recent and forecast snowfall), and you can also set this widget to provide information for other locations, like cities, ski areas, and any custom locations that you set up (anywhere in the world!).
In the middle and on the right, I created widgets for the snow summary, which includes the most recent 24-hour snow report and the 10-day forecast, as well as two widgets for cams that were showing off the fall foliage. For the cams, you can choose whether to display the cam name (to remember what you're looking at) or to not show the cam name, so that you have a clear view of a snow stake, for example. In the cam widgets above, I opted to not display the cam name so I could see the view in all of its beauty.
These widgets are available to All-Access subscribers, and you can install as many widgets as you want! They are available in our latest app version for iPhone, and if you're on the latest version of macOS Sonoma, you can install these widgets right on your desktop, too. Again, here is the explainer article, which shows how to install these widgets.
I'll post weekly through mid-October, and then I will start daily coverage in late October.
Thanks for reading!