Friday AM update: Scattered rain and snow showers today, gusty winds

Just a quick update this morning to mention the passing rain and snow showers we'll see today across eastern Colorado.

This is part of a large system that is bringing heavy snow to the mountains today and tomorrow. We won't see significant snow across the plains... but a quick burst of rain or heavy snow will be possible today, which could lead to some isolated quick accumulation –– generally less than 2" if/where we do see these snow showers.

While we saw our big snow earlier this week, for many across the Western and Central United States this Black Friday will be a wild weather day. From dense fog locally this morning, to heavy snow across the Rockies, flooding in the southwest, wind warnings for the plains and severe weather:

Here's a look at where this system will be this afternoon, heavy snow across the high country, showers and gusty winds for the plains:

The storm moves northeast into western Nebraska tonight, and as it does we'll see more scattered rain and snow showers across the northeast plains... as well as increased winds across Northeast Colorado:

The best chance of showers for Northeast Colorado will come this afternoon and evening. For Denver the best chance of snow will come between 2pm and 9pm –– with wind gusts cranking to 40 or 50mph through the night:

The HRRR shows a swath of 1 - 3" of snow with the heaviest snow showers that push through later today... it may be overdone, but, the potential exists. The short term models show some of these snow showers could be heavy, if only briefly. Others show showers mostly coming in the form of rain, or a rain/snow mix. It's a tough call, with borderline temperatures... but some potential for a quick snow.

Here's the snowfall probabilities... some support for a Trace to 3" of snow, especially up north of Denver. We shall see. In any event, not everyone sees the snow as the showers will be widely scattered.

After the wind calms on Saturday, a quiet remainder of the weekend is on tap. Temperatures will be cool, in the low 40s, with mostly sunny skies.

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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