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Wednesday PM Update: Off and on Heavy Mountain Snow through the Weekend, Unsettled at Times on the Plains

Active weather continues to be the theme for the state as we head into the second half of the week and this weekend. Most of the main activity will be across the high country through the weekend, with heavy snow for much of western Colorado.

A look at the GFS shows snowfall through Sunday will be pretty good for the central mountains, as several systems fly across the state in the coming days:

Across the plains the next several systems look like they will have minimal impacts. Tonight we may see some fog/freezing fog/drizzle set up across the urban corridor and Eastern Plains, but this won't be true for everyone and aside from pockets of icing on the roadways won't have too much of an impact.

A look at the 3km NAM shows this in its forecast through Friday evening. We see some rain across western Colorado (bottom left), GOOD snow for the high country, with some spotty freezing precipitation for the Eastern Plains. You can see it pulls perhaps a little snow (dusting?) off the foothills north of Denver too, but any accumulation should be minimal at best:

A look at its visibility product, we see perhaps some fog forming tonight, and could see this reform from time to time into the weekend:

A stronger system moves across the state Friday into Saturday, but currently looks to take a northerly track. This should bring more mountain snow, and perhaps some rain and snow showers to the plains, but for not is expected to have minimal impacts east of the mountains. We'll keep an eye on its exact track in case anything happens to change between now and Friday.

In short, cool and unsettled for the plains with good mountain snow. Early next week we might see a more organized storm bring more significant precipitation to eastern Colorado, but confidence in this is low at best. The model leading the charge for this more significant event backed off considerably today, and, we're talking 5+ days out in March. Let's get to the weekend and see how things look.

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