Monday PM Update: Mountain Snow Returns; Warm Across the Plains

Well, we're certainly experiencing that long-advertised lull in winter across the plains, as highs have climbed into the low 60s for the third straight day in Denver. The remainder of the week will feature more warm temperatures at lower elevations, with perhaps a chance of showers as well.

That chance for rain and snow showers comes Tuesday into Tuesday night but really doesn't look like a big deal across northeast Colorado. In fact, some models remain completely dry at lower elevations. We'll introduce about a 20% chance of showers Tuesday, but that'll be about it unless something changes tonight.

Otherwise, expect warm temperatures to be the main story of the week across the plains, with MOS guidances suggesting highs in the low 60s for Denver through Friday.

The GEFS shows a similar look, though keeps Wednesday cooler (still above our average high of 45°F) with the passage of a front on Tuesday. This is likely a pretty decent forecast, with some very warm temperatures headed our way for the end of the week:

WeatherBell Analytics

You'll note above a chillier day on Sunday in the chart above. This will be the next system worth keeping any eye on for the Denver area... but right now the setup doesn't look all that conducive to a significant event impacting the region. In fact, the latest probability charts for the Denver are showing this snow chance, with the greatest odds showing up for areas west and south of town.

That said, all the global models are bringing some snow through by later in the weekend, so we'll keep an eye on this in the coming days and see if anything comes of it.

Mountain snow returns
Meanwhile, the mountains which are coming off a GREAT January have also seen quieter weather over the last week to 10 days. That'll change later today, with a Winter Storm Warning in effect for much of the higher terrain of western Colorado, where 8 - 16"+ will fall through Wednesday. Here is the latest GFS snowfall forecast for the coming days, showing the potential for some good snowfall along and west of the Divide:

Weather5280 Models

More on the weekend in the coming days, for now, go find some fresh powder in the high country or enjoy the spring-like weather across the plains. February in Colorado!

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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