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By Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist Posted 4 months ago December 7, 2023

One storm on the way, targeting Friday

Summary

Thursday will be a little cooler compared to Wednesday, and then on Friday, we'll see snow with softer conditions from Friday through Saturday morning.

Update

Reminder: Open terrain is still limited across the mountain, and watch for more terrain to open during the coming days (Northwoods lift is the most recent opening).

Wednesday was sunny and warm with a high temperature in the 30s to low 40s.

Thursday will be a mixed day with more clouds and cooler temperatures with a high in the 20s.

On Friday, a storm will move across Colorado. During the early morning hours, we should see an initial round of snow with 2-4 inches. Then from Friday midday through Friday afternoon and evening, snow showers will fire up and should deliver more chances for snow with at least a few inches of accumulation. And then on Friday night, snow showers may continue for a few hours past sunset, and then the showers will dissipate as the storm moves away and moisture wanes.

Total snowfall should be in the 4-8 inch range, hitting the upper end of this range if we see more snow than expected on Friday morning or if we get lucky and are in the direct path of multiple intense showers on Friday afternoon and evening. The softest snow should be on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning.

Temperatures on Friday will be in the teens with light winds, and temperatures on Saturday will be even cooler with a high in the upper single digits to low teens, some clouds, yet still light winds.

For the longer-term outlook, the weather pattern looks "meh" with no major storm cycles in sight. We might see a little snow early next week and also around Thursday, December 14 as storms move close to Colorado, and then perhaps a better chance of snow will arrive around the December 18-22 timeframe. With this outlook and the low December sun angle, we should see more terrain gradually open, but it might be a while before the majority of the mountain is open.

Thanks for reading!

JOEL GRATZ
Meteorologist at OpenSnow.com

Snow conditions as of Thursday morning

New snow mid-mountain:
* 0” (24 hours Wednesday 500am to Thursday 500am)
* 0” (Overnight Wednesday 400pm to Thursday 500am)

New snow Blue Sky Basin:
* 0” (24 hours Wednesday 500am to Thursday 500am)
* 0” (Overnight Wednesday 400pm to Thursday 500am)

Last snowfall:
* 22” Thursday Night to Sunday Night (Nov 30 - Dec 4)

Terrain
* 12 of 33 lifts
* 87 of 278 trails
* Latest update

Snowpack compared to the 30-year average:
* 100%

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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