Snow is beginning to fall and peak foliage is happening. That's the current story as we enter October. Outside of unsettled weather for the southern Rockies, Alaska will receive lower snow levels and healthy snow totals through the first 10 days of the month. Hints of a colder/stronger storm for the Western US around Wednesday, October 12 but confidence is still very low.
Short Term Forecast
Fall Foliage for Colorado:
Cooler temperatures and a healthy push of moisture produced several inches of high-elevation snowfall across the Rockies during the first weekend of October.
We've since entered a period of pleasant fall conditions that has left ideal opportunities to catch snow-covered peaks and glowing fall foliage.
I was able to catch the famous Maroon Bells in all of their glory on Monday, October 3. It was one of those bike rides when you can't stop smiling as every turn and every view was more beautiful than the last.
Forecast for Wed (10/5) – Thu (10/6):
Unsettled conditions for Alaska, the southern Rockies, and the Upper Midwest will be the story over the next couple of days, while pleasant fall conditions settle in elsewhere. Moisture will continue to pump rain into New Mexico and southern Colorado, while mostly rain swings across the Midwest.
Alaska will receive higher snow levels but the snow levels will quickly fall as we head into the weekend.
Forecast for Fri (10/7) – Sat (10/8):
The big weather story for the upcoming weekend across North America will be lowering snow levels and healthy accumlations above 2-3,000 feet for Alaska. High-pressure (mild and dry weather) will continue to dominate most of the Western US but New Mexico and parts of Colorado will continue to benefit from daily thunderstorms.
Forecast for Sun (10/9) – Mon (10/10):
Different days, same story. As we look ahead to Sunday, October 9, and into early next week, mostly quiet weather will remain in place. Should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy the cool temperatures and clean, smoke-free air.
The one exciting feature that we will be watching is a storm that will begin to drop down from Alaska and bring high-elevation snow to Western Canada. This will be a sign of things to come for the Western United States as we look ahead to the middle of next week...
Outlook for Tue (10/11) – Sat (10/15):
Looking ahead to Tuesday, October 11 and beyond is when our weather across the Western United States could get a bit more interesting. Confidence is still very low but the models continue to hint at a storm sliding down from Western Canada and into the Western US.
Each model is placing the heaviest snowfall in different locations so this will be a great time to keep an eye on our automated 5-10 day forecasts to see how your favorite locations trend over the next week.
Outside of the Western US, chances for rain and pleasant fall temperatures will continue to sweep across the country from west to east so we'll need to stay patient for places like the Upper Midwest and New England as we head into the middle of October.
Thanks so much for reading! Next update on Wednesday (10/12).
We just updated our iOS and Android apps with a SUPER cool new feature called Forecast Anywhere.
You can now get the forecast for any location on Earth (that's on land). You can also save these custom points to view on your Favorites screen.
This means that you can get the forecast for the exact location of your next adventure, or your secret powder stash, or yes - even your house. Every custom point is private and nobody will see your point except you, so your secret powder stash will be safe:-)
The Forecast Anywhere functionality is live now on our iOS and Android apps (if you don't see it, please update your app), and it will be live on our website in the coming weeks.
Download → OpenSnow.com/app