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By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 14 days ago March 31, 2024

Snow Sunday to Monday night

Summary

We will see two rounds of snow through Monday night. The first round of snow will fall on Sunday and Sunday night and the best chance for 6+ inches of accumulation will be in the southern mountains. The second round of snow will fall from Monday afternoon to Monday night and the best chance for 6+ inches of accumulation will be near and east of the continental divide.

Short Term Forecast

Saturday

Saturday started with some fresh and colder snow for areas of the northern and central mountains where snow fell on Friday evening. Otherwise, Saturday was dry, mostly cloudy, and warm with on-mountain temperatures in the 30s to low 40s.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, snow showers have reformed over the western side of the northern and central mountains but most areas have seen no accumulation or only a dusting.

From Sunday midday through Sunday night, the first round of snow will move across Colorado.

The higher totals of 4-8+ inches will favor the southern mountains due to a wind direction from the southwest, and there could be some powder during the afternoon and before last chair, with more snow falling after lifts close.

Other central and northern mountains will likely see snow squalls during Sunday late afternoon and Sunday evening with a few inches of random snow accumulation.

Temperatures will cool on Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening, so the snow quality should transition from dense to less dense throughout the evening.

Below is the multi-model snow forecast from Sunday morning through Sunday night.

Monday

Monday morning could offer some powder from any snow that falls on Sunday evening and Sunday night. 

Weatherwise, Monday morning will be mostly dry as we'll be between rounds of snow, though the dry weather will not last long.

From Monday midday through Monday at about midnight, snow showers will form and intensify with snow potentially accumulating at any mountain.

The highest chance for 3-6+ inches will be near and east of the continental divide at locations like Eldora, Winter Park, Loveland, A-Basin, Monarch, Wolf Creek, and Cuchara. These areas could see some powder by late Monday afternoon, with a better chance for powder first thing on Tuesday morning.

The snow quality should be reasonably fluffy on Monday afternoon and Monday night as temperatures will be cooling.

Below is the multi-model snow forecast from Monday midday through Monday night.

Extended Forecast

On Tuesday morning, there should be colder and fluffier new snow due to the snow that fell primarily near and east of the divide on Monday night.

Otherwise, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be dry and mostly sunny. Temperatures on Tuesday will be in the 30s, and then temperatures from Wednesday through Friday will be warm with highs likely making it into the 40s.

At the tail end of this upcoming warm weather, Friday will likely be both warm AND windy as the next storm approaches from the west.

The next storm should bring snow from Saturday, April 6, to Sunday, April 7. The storm will be strong, but moisture will not be that plentiful, so snow accumulations could be middle of the road - more than nothing, but maybe not reaching "powder" status for the majority of mountains.

After that, another storm will likely bring snow around the middle of the following week, from Wednesday, April 10, to Thursday, April 11. Some models hint that this storm could arrive a day earlier, but that's not set in stone.

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 into the future, another storm could bring snow around the weekend of April 13-14, but that's still two weeks away, so at this point, we'll just keep an eye on it.

Overall, the next two weeks will have plenty of spring riding conditions with soft/corn/slushy snow, and also some times of potential powder. That's pretty typical for April in Colorado.

My next update will be Monday morning.

Thanks for reading!

Joel Gratz

PS - See the announcement below - we just released a new view with "Snow Ratio" data so that you can see our estimate of the fluffiness of the forecasted snowfall.

Announcements

NEW: Snow Ratio Forecast

You can now get a good idea of the upcoming snow quality for the next storm via our new "Snow Ratio" forecast for any location in OpenSnow.

When we talk about snow quality, such as “light and fluffy” or “heavy and wet”, we are talking about the snow-to-liquid ratio. The higher the snow-to-liquid ratio, the lighter the snow quality, and vice-versa.

  1. Go to any location screen and tap the "Snow Summary" tab.
  2. Scroll down to the 5-day hourly or 10-day forecast section.
  3. View the 5-day hourly or daily "Snow Ratio" forecast for the next 10 days.

10:1 will be fun but will feel a little heavy.

15:1 will offer some face shots and feel pretty light.

20:1 will be incredibly light, almost like skiing through nothing but air.

This new feature is currently available with the latest version of the OpenSnow iOS app installed (App Store > OpenSnow > Update), on the OpenSnow website (OpenSnow.com), and is currently rolling out to the OpenSnow Android app.

View → Snow Ratio Forecast

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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