Heavy snow piles up, snarls afternoon traffic

All morning we watched from Denver has northern Colorado was blanketed with heavy snow under some incredible jet stream dynamics. The question was - would the jet sag far enough south to bring heavy snow to Denver. Over the last several days models have struggled with a solution, but shortly after lunch snow began in earnest across the metro area.

As of the posting of this article (5:00pm) we have received about 4.5" of snow in town, with moderate snow bands continuing to move into from the southwest. Needless to say, we will certainly hit all of our predicted totals, and in many cases break them. I have reduced the Bust Index for all locations to 1.

The next question becomes. . . how much more snow do we see tonight. Several models try to bring in several (4"+) to Denver overnight into Tuesday. We will need to watch this closely, as things at this time do not show much signs of letting up. If we can keep snow going into the overnight hours, it will have an even better time sticking, which could be very good for us. Best chance for highest totals could very well be north of Denver once more tonight. We will update totals as necessary, and keep you posted if the NWS decides to issue any kind of advisory for Denver.

Here is a quick video I took a few minutes ago - shows heavy snow and a slow rush on Broadway in Denver.

Brendan Heberton

Brendan is founder of Weather5280. He is co-founder of FreshyMap, and develops software for geospatial data analysis and visualization.

Denver, Colorado
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