I-70 Daily Snow
By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 7, 2023
Dry and cooler on Thursday. Snow returns early Friday morning and continues through Friday night. Very cold on Saturday. Off-and-on chances for snow under partly cloudy skies for most of next week. No significant storms are on the horizon.
Short Term Forecast
I-70 Snow Conditions
I-70 Travel Conditions
Cooler temps, partly sunny skies, and gustier winds will be the story on Thursday ahead of an incoming storm that is set to arrive on Friday morning. Temps are already in the upper teens to 20s on the mountains. Don't expect them to move much through Thursday afternoon.
It's all systems go for our next round of snow that is set to arrive by late Thursday night and into Friday morning and I don't have a lot of new details to discuss.
This storm will tow in just enough moisture, energy, cold air, and a wind direction swirling to blow out of the northwest to provide us with a nice refresh through Friday night. Expect snowfall rates to ramp up through Friday morning, peak around midday Friday, and wane through Friday night.
In total, I'm going to hold steady with 3-6 inches from late Thursday night through Friday night. The wildcard will be if the light winds out of the northwest can crank up the orographic snow machine on Friday evening and into Friday night. That could lead to a couple extra inches of very fluffy snow by Saturday morning.
For skiing and snow quality, Friday will be a storm skiing type of day with the turns getting softer and then there should still be leftover powder on Saturday morning from the snow that falls on Friday night. The snow should also get fluffier throughout the storm thanks to cooling temps and light winds.
Saturday - Sunday
The weather during the weekend and into next week will be a mixed bag.
Expect very cold temps on Saturday under clearing skies, with temps struggling to climb into the teens through midday Saturday. We could then see a few snow showers on Sunday under partly cloudy skies with temps in the 20s.
Clear and dry road surfaces will remain in place through Thursday.
Wet and icy road surfaces could return as early as late Thursday night, followed by icy and snow-packed road surfaces from Friday morning through Saturday morning. Expect slower travel speeds and possible delays due to accidents from midday Friday through Friday evening.
Wet, icy, and a few snowy road surfaces will likely linger through Saturday and into Sunday, though this should not have a major impact on travel along the mountain corridor through Sunday night.
Next Week & Beyond
I unfortunately do NOT have a lot of exciting news to share in terms of the snow forecast for the middle of December. The week of December 11 will feature a few chances for snow here and there but nothing in terms of significant snow totals. The one day to keep an eye on will be Thursday, December 14 but again, nothing to get overly excited about.
Looking further ahead, we'll be watching for a better chance for a stronger storm around December 18. Yes, this is still 10+ days away so we'll have to stay patient until then. For now, we can stay positive thanks to a low December sun angle and more terrain slowly opening on the ski resorts.
Tap the links below to view automated snow forecasts for the ski resorts.
Along with automated weather forecasts for each town along the mountain corridor.
- Idaho Springs
- Vail Village
- Glenwood Springs
Thanks for reading! Next update on Friday.
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