Looking Ahead to The Next Round of Snow

We know we are just putting the finishing touches on our current snow event, but we are already focusing on a storm system for later this week. While Monday will be cold, we aren't worried about any additional accumulating snow. In fact, we could see a bit of sunshine during the afternoon. High temperatures will look like this (see image below), not very high and much below normal for the date.

Monday High Temperatures:

Weather5280 Models

Tuesday will be a rather nice and quiet day, with warmer temperatures, mainly in the 30s.

Tuesday High Temperatures:
Weather5280 Models

Wednesday will be the transition day... The first half of Wednesday should be fine for most of us. By midday Wednesday, a strong cold front will be surging southward along the Front Range. You can see the increasing wind from the north along and north of I-70

Wind Speed and Mean Sea Level Pressure Wednesday 11am:

GFS 10m Wind | Weather5280 Models

By 5pm, the front continues to race south and almost everyone in Eastern Colorado is feeling the impact of wind and falling temperatures:

Wind Speed and Mean Sea Level Pressure Wednesday 5pm:

Weather5280 Models

As the Arctic air pours in from the north/northeast, and upslope flow develops, there will also be some snow. While it is a bit early to put say how much we might get, you can see that the GFS model is painting the best chance of accumulating snow along the mountains/I-25 Corridor:

Snowfall Potential Wednesday 11am-5pm:

Snowfall Potential Wednesday 11am-5pm | Weather5280 Models

Snowfall Potential Wednesday 5pm-11pm:
Weather5280 Models

Snowfall Potential Wednesday 11pm to Thursday 5am:
Weather5280 Models

Looks like a quick shot of snow MAINLY along the Front Range, but it will likely have some kind of an impact on the Wednesday evening commute. Due to the influx of Arctic air, and very cold temperatures, the roads may also be quite slick for the Thursday morning commute.

While we may still see some flurries on Thursday, the real story will be the cold temperatures; we'll be some 15 to 30 degrees below normal for much of Eastern Colorado by midday.

Temperature anomaly forecast Thursday 11am:
Temp anomaly forecast | Weather5280 Models

Bottom-line, the weather pattern will remain wintry and quite active over the next week or more. Another storm system is in the pipeline for late in the weekend. Many questions remain as to how that may or may not impact Colorado. However, one thing is for certain, the storm track is loaded up and it is game on for quite a while...

Brian Bledsoe

Brian Bledsoe is Weather5280’s climate and long-range forecast specialist. Brian is chief meteorologist at KKTV in Colorado Springs. Follow him on Twitter @BrianBledsoe

Colorado Springs, CO
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