Colorado Daily Snow
By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 15 days ago February 11, 2024
Saturday was a mixed day with dry weather and sunshine, and also snow during the afternoon and evening. Now on Sunday morning, a few spots will have softer turns, and most of the day will be sunny and dry. The week ahead will also be mostly dry, then we'll likely see snow around Friday, February, 16, with a series of storms bringing more snow between February 18-25.
Short Term Forecast
On Saturday, we were watching for snow showers during the afternoon and evening, and most mountains saw these showers with snow accumulations of 1-4 inches. Below are two of the 'deeper' snow stakes.
On Saturday afternoon and evening, snow also fell over the southeastern mountains, and while observations are somewhat sparse over this area, I think snow amounts ranged from 2-10 inches.
Five-day snow totals from Tuesday through Sunday were 19-45 inches in the southern mountains, 8-24 inches in the central mountains, and 5-15 inches in the northern mountains.
On Tuesday, I wrote, "I think...the northern mountains could be...in the 6-12 inch range...with 15-30 inches in the west/central mountains...and 20-40 inches is certainly possible in the southern mountains". While the snow fell in multiple waves that were sometimes hard to pin down, the general forecast worked out well and it was nice to see flakes at all mountains.
Sunday will start with cold temperatures as on-mountain readings are close to 0°F. Low clouds could hang around in the morning (as we see in this pre-sunrise image from Aspen Highlands) and most of the day should then wind up sunny with a high in the teens.
Monday - Thursday
Monday through Thursday should be dry and partly sunny with a high temperature in the 20s. Mountains north of I-70 may see more clouds, gusty winds, and a few snow showers at times, though snow accumulations should be light.
Thursday Night - Saturday Morning
Our next chance for more widespread snow will be sometime between Thursday night and Saturday morning. This storm may focus more on the northern mountains as well as the eastern areas near and east of the divide, however, some of the latest forecast models show more snow for more mountains, so we'll need to watch this time as there could be some powder on Friday and/or Saturday morning.
Right now, I think Saturday will be dry as we'll be in the wake of the storm that moves through on Friday.
Sunday, February 18 - Sunday, February 25
From Sunday to Sunday (February 18-25), multiple storms will bring multiple chances for snow. I looked at all available model data this morning and could not tease out the exact timing of the next storms. At this point, it's still reasonable to say that we could see snow anytime between February 18-25, and maybe we'll have more confidence in the details of the forecast during the next few days.
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.
My next update will be Monday morning.
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