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By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 12 days ago February 10, 2024

One more round of snow on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night

Summary

As of Saturday morning, snowfall this week ranged from 3-12 inches in the northern mountains, 6-21 inches in the central mountains, and 19-43 inches in the southern mountains. Saturday will start with drier weather, then the last storm of the week will deliver 2-10+ inches on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. After that, Sunday and most of next week will be dry.

Short Term Forecast

Friday

On Friday morning, the far southern mountains enjoyed a deep powder day with 10-15 inches of fluff on top of a week's worth of soft snow. It doesn't get much better than that!

During the day on Friday and Friday night, 1-3 inches of snow fell as scattered/random snow showers across all mountains.

Saturday Morning

Conditions on Saturday morning will be on the softer side, especially in areas that were lucky and picked up 1-3 inches of snow on Friday late afternoon and Friday night.

Total snow from Tuesday through Saturday morning has been the deepest in the southern mountains with 19-43 inches, and then parts of the central mountains have done well with 6-21 inches, and the northern mountains have seen lower totals (as expected) with 3-12 inches.

Snow on Saturday & Saturday Night

Our OpenSnow Forecast Radar (available on the web, iOS, and Android apps) does a nice job showing how Saturday's storm will evolve. 

The storm will track far to the south of Colorado, though from Saturday between about noon and 10 pm, snow showers should develop at most mountains and we should be able to sneak out a few inches of snow.

The highest chance of the deepest totals will be over the southeastern mountains where totals could be 6-12 inches. A lot of this show will fall later on Saturday into Saturday evening and will be fresh for Sunday morning.

Other mountains should see some flakes with lower amounts, likely 1-3 inches on Saturday afternoon into early evening.

Below are two snowfall maps from high-resolution models. There is disagreement among the models for a lot of the state, with more agreement over the southeastern areas.

East of the divide and over the plains, there is a chance for an upside surprise for a few areas, so it'll be fun to watch this system throughout the day and into Saturday evening.

The main takeaway is that the southeastern mountains could have fun/deep/fluffy powder on Sunday morning, and other areas may see just a light refresh with softer snow for Saturday's last chair or Sunday's first chair.

Sunday

The storm will end by Sunday morning at sunrise and Sunday will be sunny and dry with morning temperatures around 0°F and then readings will warm into the teens.

Extended Forecast

Monday through Thursday should be dry with high temperatures in the 20s. There will likely be high clouds filtering the sunshine on most of these days.

From later Thursday through Friday and into Saturday, the far northern mountains north of I-70 may see snow with light accumulations and cooler temperatures, while the rest of the state should see dry weather.

The next chance for snow should be from Saturday night through about Monday as the first in a series of storms moves across the western U.S. And then we will likely see another storm or two during the week of Monday, February 19 to Sunday, February 25.

Description: The graphic above shows 51 versions of the European EPS ensemble model (top) 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.

Of course, it's too soon to figure out how much snow will fall during the February 18-25 time frame, but I am at least happy to see that a week of mostly dry weather will be followed by a week of potentially snowy weather.

Our statewide snowpack is now verrrry close to 100% of average, and with one week of dry weather and one week of snowier weather to finish out the month, there's a decent chance that we'll end February with an average snowpack. This would be a good result following the slow start to the season.

My next update will be Sunday morning.

Thanks for reading!

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, Snowmass, 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

About Our Forecaster

Joel Gratz

Founding Meteorologist

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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