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By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 3 months ago January 15, 2024

What a storm!

Summary

We have measured 1-3 FEET of snow from Saturday night to Monday morning. Sunday was a deep powder day, and there will be more snow on Monday before this storm moves away from Colorado. Tuesday will be dry and partly sunny, then the next storm should bring 2-12 inches to the northern mountains from Wednesday to Thursday. After that, our next chance for snow will be around January 21-24.

Short Term Forecast

Sunday started deep and became deeper throughout the day, with snow falling through Sunday night and now into Monday morning.

There were a lot of deep powder pictures from across the state on Sunday, and here are just two of them.

On Sunday, snow stakes were buried. Here is Eldora's snow stake, which you can barely see in the 24-hour timelapse from Sunday morning to Monday morning.

Storm total snowfall from Tuesday night to Monday morning is about 10-40 inches, and the most snow that fell during the recent part of the storm from Saturday night to Monday morning is about 30 inches at Crested Butte.

Monday

On Monday, most mountains will have deep/fresh leftovers from Sunday.

Also, on Sunday night into Monday morning, a band of intense snow is sitting near or just north of I-70, and this will provide additional powder on Monday morning. Wind speeds have also increased on Monday morning, so there might be some wind effect on the snow in exposed areas.

The band of intense snow just north of I-70 should sag south to near, over, and south of I-70 during Monday morning and midday, so snowfall intensities could ramp up during the morning and midday with perhaps another 3-10 inches under/near this band.

By Monday afternoon, the most intense snow will start to wane as the band moves into the central mountains, and I think most areas will see little to no snow falling by the time we get to sunset on Monday.

What. A. Storm. (!)

Tuesday

Tuesday will be a dry day. Morning temperatures will be colder than 0°F for the northern mountains, and then everywhere will warm into the teens to low 20s by Tuesday afternoon under partly-to-mostly sunny skies. There should be soft snow and powder leftovers across the state.

Wednesday and Thursday

Pieces of storm energy and a lot of moisture will move over the northern mountains with 2-12 inches of snow from Wednesday morning through Thursday midday. Temperatures are a little warmer than I'd like to see, moisture will be plentiful, and the wind direction will be okay, from the west-ish. This should result in the most snow falling near and north of Steamboat (double digits?) with decent totals (2-6"?) closer to I-70 and maybe a little south of I-70.

The best chance to ride softer conditions will be Wednesday midday, Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday morning.

Most forecast models show the snow ending at some point on Thursday, with drier weather into Thursday night.

Extended Forecast

The longer-range outlook is for reasonable temperatures with highs in the 20s, likely dry weather on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20, and then a chance for some snow between about Sunday, January 21, and Wednesday, January 24.

Description: The graphic above shows 51 versions of the European ensemble model on the y-axis (vertical) and 15 days from left to right on the x-axis (horizontal). Each colored rectangle shows a chance for precipitation, with grey equaling little precipitation, green equaling light precipitation, and blues and oranges showing significant precipitation. The more the colors are aligned vertically, the higher the confidence in the forecast.

Following the January 21-22 period, there might be another chance for snow later in the month, but that's nearly two weeks away, and the predictability of detailed weather that far into the future is very low.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the tail end of our current storm!

Joel Gratz

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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
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East of the Divide
Eldora, Echo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass

Central Mountains
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Southern Mountains
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Joel Gratz

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Joel Gratz is the Founding Meteorologist of OpenSnow and has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 2003. Before moving to Colorado, he spent his childhood as a (not very fast) ski racer in eastern Pennsylvania.

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