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Temperatures to Plummet This Weekend with Snow Likely

Quick update tonight to follow up on our Insider post from last night. Temperatures are set to tumble this weekend as a roaring jet overhead will likely bring some snowfall (perhaps heavy at times) to Colorado's Front Range.

Right now it looks like we'll see a couple of waves of snow from Friday evening through Sunday. Snowfall Friday night is most likely across the northern urban corridor (think Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley), with the chance of snow increasing Saturday and Saturday night for areas south.

Here's the latest NAM model forecast for Friday night, showing banded snowfall develop across the northern urban corridor (this particular model shows mainly north of Denver), then coming to an end Saturday morning:

By Saturday night we see a strong push of COLD air, and more widespread snow developing across Northeast Colorado:

Just how much remains to be seen, but the potential for several inches for most Front Range communities by midday Sunday looks increasingly likely. Below is a look at our current snowfall gambler charts over the next seven days –– pretty healthy looking to say the least! The snow will be dry and fluffy, and will accumulate nicely where the heavier bands set up. However, where those bands set up is yet to be determined... with models fluctuating quite a bit on the placement of heaviest snow this weekend.

In addition to the chance of snow, expect a very cold start to March across eastern Colorado as highs plummet from the 50s on Friday into the teens by Sunday. Current MOS guidance has a high of 17F in Denver on Sunday, and this might be too "warm". Temperatures across the middle of the country are likely to be running upwards of 40 degrees F below average to start March:

We'll be tracking the snow potential over the next few days and offer updates as needed. For now plan on a relatively quiet Thursday and Friday, before changes arrive by Friday evening/night. First up will be any banded snowfall concerns for Friday night, then we'll be tracking the additional snowfall Saturday and Saturday night into Sunday.

Stay tuned!

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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