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By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 28, 2024

Sunny through Saturday, then snow Sunday and Monday

Summary

Tuesday's storm delivered gusty winds and intense snow during the morning and midday with totals of 4-12+ inches. Wednesday through Saturday will be dry, mostly sunny, and warm with high temperatures in the 30s. The next storm should bring snow on Sunday and Monday with powder potential on both days. And after that, another storm should bring snow around March 7-9.

Short Term Forecast

Tuesday Recap

On Tuesday morning through midday, the storm delivered snowfall rates of up to 3 inches per hour along with wind gusts of 40-60 mph. The snowfall then decreased during the afternoon and stopped around or just after sunset.

Below are the snow totals from Sunday night to Tuesday night. The deepest amounts were 12-18 inches in the west/central mountains, with 4-10 inches in most other areas.

In the Aspen area, intense snow lingered for an extra couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon, and the day quickly transitioned from little new snow at sunrise into a deep, fluffy powder day by midday.

In yesterday's post, I showed how the snow forecast for Aspen Highlands decreased from about 20 inches to just above 10 inches during the lead-up to the storm. The automated snow sensors on Aspen Highlands showed a storm total of about 11 inches at mid-mountain and about 15 inches in Highland Bowl, so the forecast trend was in the right direction.

Wednesday

Wednesday is dawning with sunny skies and lighter winds (there are gusty winds east of the divide).

Morning temperatures of around 0°F will quickly warm into the teens and 20s by midday.

While most of the storm's snowfall was tracked on Tuesday, any areas that did not open due to strong winds will have untracked snow to enjoy on Wednesday.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

From Thursday to Saturday, expect mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures with afternoon highs in the 30s.

Extended Forecast

The next storm will bring snow starting on Saturday night or early Sunday, and the snow should continue through Sunday afternoon and potentially into Monday morning. The model consensus is shifting toward most of the snow falling on Sunday with less snow on Sunday night into Monday morning, but that's not written in stone, so we'll see how the timing evolves during the next few days.

An early look at the multi-model average precipitation forecast shows most areas in the range of 6-12 inches of snow, with hints for possibly more than 12 inches in some areas. Do not place too much emphasis on the details of the map below, because (as we saw from the last storm), things will change.

Following potential/likely powder on Sunday and/or Monday, we will see drier weather on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 5-6) though some snow showers could hang around.

Then the next storm should bring snow between about Thursday, March 7, and Saturday, March 9. The longer-range forecast models hint that this system will strengthen just east of Colorado, which can lead to significant snow totals over the mountains and/or near and east of the divide. We'll see how it plays out.

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.

Looking far ahead, there should be a few dry days between about March 10-13, and then the next storm could arrive sometime around March 13-14.

My next update will be Thursday morning.

Thanks for reading!

Joel Gratz

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