Forecast Update
Is a boom snowfall for Denver on the table? A look a the latest data
There's been a lot of excitement (good and bad) around some of the GFS modeled snowfall forecasts with the snow event tonight and tomorrow. While its been producing some impressive totals for not just Boulder and Fort Collins but the entire metro Denver area... just how likely is this to occur? For reference, below is its 18z forecast. It has 10 - 14" across the Denver area, with upwards of 15" for Boulder, and an east to west 8 - 12" up around Fort Collins: Crazy, right? MOST other data cont
Snowfall Forecast
Ready for more snow? Snowfall forecast totals as next storm arrives tonight to Northeast Colorado
Another round of snow for the region is quickly approaching. We still see some pretty notable differences in the data as to how much snow we can expect, but general consensus is for another accumulating snow event for the Front Range foothills and adjacent plains. The latest HRRR shows snow on the increase across the northern and central mountains this afternoon, with some rain and snow showers spilling onto the northern urban corridor by late afternoon: By 9pm this model has widespread snow f
Snowfall Forecast
Another snow on the way Thursday: Tuesday PM update
We continue to watch yet another snow on the way for Thursday, the latest in a series of impulses to bring snow to the region. The next system appears to have potential to bring quite a bit more snowfall for some, perhaps mimicking the last system with some of its totals. The foothills west and northwest of Denver are likely to see the greatest snowfall totals from this system, barring any changes between now and Thursday. Here is a look at the snowfall totals from the last (if you need a spec
Snowfall Totals
Monday PM update: Impressive snow totals for some so far, more on the way
More snow is in the forecast even as some areas have already seen more than their fair share. As we opined on Saturday, "the Boulder area the most likely to "feel" like a good storm from this one" and I'd say this morning that this was an understatement –– some parts of Boulder county are approaching 20" of snow as of midday Monday. While others haven't seen much accumulate, even parts of the Denver area have done quite well. Our station, located in Denver West has picked up nearly 7" of snow
Snowfall Forecast
Saturday PM update: Quick update on the cold and snow, a big change on the way!
A quick post this afternoon as we want to get out and enjoy the warm weather while we can as well. Not a whole lot of change to the general idea we've been discussing for some days now: much colder weather is on the way to end the weekend, and off and on snow is in the forecast Sunday through Tuesday. We'll see a pretty good chance of snow across the northern Front Range Sunday morning, with scatter snow showers and gusty winds sticking with us into Sunday night. A secondary wave of more organi
Weekend Outlook
Weekend outlook: The cold returns by Sunday, a chance of snow as well
We hope everyone is enjoying this stretch of beautiful spring weather. We have one more pleasant afternoon to go before sharp changes arrive for the latter half of the weekend. If you have plans for a back yard Easter egg hunt, you may want to consider moving it to Saturday, as Sunday will be quite chilly with areas of snow across much of Northeast and East-Central Colorado. The outlook shows just how big a crash in temperatures we're anticipating over the coming days. From the low 70s today, t
Denver Forecast
A chilly end to the week, some rain and snow for Denver, Eastern Colorado
This morning we talked about all the nice weather we have to look forward to in the coming weeks. Tonight we talk about changes to that nice weather, as a cold front and some rain and snow will quickly erase what was a very mild start to April today. While perhaps not a huge storm by April's standards , the changes
Snowfall Forecast
Friday AM update: Snow will be heavy for some, a miss for others
We continue to track rain and snow chances as the day progresses and into the overnight hours tonight. Snow is already falling across the northern Front Range mountains, and this activity will slowly expand across the urban corridor and Northeast Plains through the afternoon hours. While many of us likely won't see all that much snow, a period of at least briefly heavy snowfall will be possible this evening along the urban corridor. For areas south and southeast of Denver a more impactful event
Snowfall Forecast
Friday's rain and snow chance, Thursday PM update
We continue to track the chance for rain and snow Friday, especially late in the day, through Saturday. Although the total impact will be hit and miss, some areas will have enough snow to bring some slush and snow to roadways –– albeit a low impact considering so many of us shelter in place. Let's watch the system from Thursday evening through Saturday evening. That L, center of lowest pressure, develops over the eastern plains and then gains strength as it pushes northeast toward Des Moines.
Forecast Update
Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings issued for Northeast Colorado ahead of Thursday snow
For the Denver/Boulder/Fort Collins corridor a Winter Storm Warning goes into effect Thursday morning and remains in effect through Thursday night. For Castle Rock, and most of the Northeast Colorado Plains, a Blizzard Warning is in effect for the same period. This is not to say the Denver area won't see wind –– but the strongest sustained winds will likely be east of I-25 and across the Palmer Divide. Still, even for the Front Range urban corridor, the heavy snow and gusty winds will reduce vi
Snowfall Forecast
Snow, heavy at times, on Thursday for Denver and Front Range
We continue to track the arrival of a strong storm system late tonight to impact your day Thursday with blizzard conditions to come for many. Rain, snow, and strong winds will be the story tonight through Thursday, with chilly temperatures –– and even some snow –– lingering well into Friday across Northeast Colorado. The hourly planner for Denver shows the steady increase in showers (perhaps even some thundershowers later today!) expected through late today and tonight, with temperatures gradu
Denver Forecast
Winter Storm Watch posted for Northeast Colorado: Forecast update
We continue to track a weather maker due to impact our weather Wednesday evening through Thursday night. It's likely that we'll see both rain and snow with this event, along with gusty winds and reduced visibility at times across Northeast and East-Central Colorado. In anticipation of rain changing to snow on Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Northeast Colorado, where several inches will be possible –– especially at elevations west of I-25, and across th
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Thursday AM update: Rain and snow across much of Colorado on Friday, won't amount to much for the Denver area
As we've discussed both in our SOTA this week and midweek Insider update , tomorrow brings our next chance of rain and snow to the state, with some slushy accumulation possible for some across Eastern Colorado. While it does look like we'll see snow on Friday (perhaps some rain too) in Denver, the chance it accumulates looks low. Tonight some freezing drizzle could work to put some ice down on raised surfaces for your morning commu
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Winter storm update: timing on track, boom and bust potential in latest data
Our must trusted models have backed off snowfall potential this evening for Northeast Colorado, even as many of the high-resolution models continue to show pockets of "boom" snowfall totals across the urban corridor. Look: Denver's Top Five March Snowstorms The NAM has consistently shown the potential for some banded snowfall this evening. We continue to think it's likely overdone on that potential... but should t
Snowfall Forecast
Rain and snow back in the forecast for Denver, Northeast Colorado tomorrow
If you look to the west today you'll notice a lack of clouds along the Front Range foothills, even as most of us across the urban corridor are under a thick cloud deck. This is called a mountain wave cloud, and will likely be responsible for holding back temperatures a good 5 to 10 degrees below what they could have been this afternoon. From above, it's quite easy to pick out this feature on satellite. At the mid levels we see a westerly flow across the state, with the bright white wave cloud (
Denver Forecast
Snow squalls shut down parts of Colorado, more wind and snow on the way Tuesday
Snow squall warnings were issued across much of Colorado Monday morning as powerful, short-lived areas of intense snowfall and strong winds raced across the state. In Aspen, an incredible example of how quick these squalls move in, and just how heavy the snowfall can become in a matter of moments. The Aspen Roundshot cam captured the impressive snow squall that moved through just before 8am in stunning images: 7am
Colorado Weather
Snow falling across Eastern Colorado, but marginal temperatures and February sun to dampen impacts
Everything's running about on schedule this morning as our upper level low begins its trek east across Southern Colorado, and our surface low establishes itself across Southeast Colorado through the afternoon. A look at radar this morning shows moisture pushing into East-Central and Northeast Colorado, with pockets of heavy snow across the Colorado Springs region, Palmer Divide, and greater Denver metro area. The bright greens in the animation below indicate the heaver precipitation rates. T
Snowfall Totals
Tuesday PM Update: Another chance of snow Wednesday before a quieter end to week
Yesterday's snow event had a few surprises up its sleeve, but for the most part panned out as expected: largely a dud across the Denver area, with Colorado Springs again seeing a pretty healthy snow, some 4 - 6" in many spots. The map below is a fairly good representation of the snowfall over the last 72 hours. Big snow totals across the northern mountains, and the heaviest snow across Eastern Colorado focused along and south of the Palmer Divide. Last night we saw a band set up well north of D
Snowfall Forecast
Monday PM update: A check on this week's snow chances as first cold front arrives
In case anyone thought this morning might offer some clarity in how the next several days are set to shake out, you can rest assured it did not. This is a messy setup to forecast, and an even messier one to communicate. We'll hit a couple of bullet points right off the top here: * We are still primarily tracking two snow chances this week, one tonight into Tuesday morning, and a second on Wednesday. * Despite a high uncertainty forecast, we'll mostly stick with our forecast from yester
Denver Forecast
Another round of snow showers for the evening commute
Today's snowfall is likely to not be as widespread as Monday, but where we do see snow today it could come at poor timing for the evening commute. Last night we showed the NAM model which showed the focus of today's snow northwest of Denver. Today we see the HRRR showing a similar look -- with a swath of snow from Boulder across the western Denver suburbs, then southeast across Parker and the Palmer Divide. The HRRR has handled our last several systems pretty well, and so far today has been pre
Denver Forecast
Monday PM update: Snow could slow your evening and morning commutes
Morning models have delayed the onset of the heaviest snowfall by a few hours as compared to last night. However, we still see a good chance for snow for your evening commute, and often enough models are too slow on initialization. We are already seeing some returns on the radar this early afternoon, and we think, as we mentioned last night, you need to plan on snow for your evening commute (but hope for the best!). Not much change to our thinking from our forecast yesterday. We'll go a touch
Snowfall Forecast
Cold front arrives tonight, will bring another chance of snow to the Front Range on Sunday
Yesterday's snow has given way to a warm mid-February sun and plenty of blue sky across the region to start your weekend. Temperatures have rebounded quite nicely, really, with highs around 50 degrees this afternoon across the metro area. Even with temperatures in the 30s and 40s through midday, plenty of snow melt was underway with the clear skies and warm sun doing work. Here's a look at midday temperatures across the region: From above, all the fresh snow is quite evident. A few clouds ov
Denver Forecast
Not over yet, heavy snow continues for the mountains, off and on snow for the urban corridor through the afternoon
So far this system has played out just as expected –– delivering another good helping of snow for some, and largely skipping others altogether. The heaviest snowfall last night setup south of where many models had it. How many times did we reiterate the fact that the placement of that heavy snow was likely to change, and we wouldn't know for sure until it developed. We've been very forward about the uncertainty around this forecast, but hopefully conveyed the potential this setup had as well.
Denver Forecast
Thursday AM update: The chance of snow on the increase this evening, will carry through Friday
We continue to track our next chance of snow across Northeast Colorado in a setup that will prove very difficult to pinpoint where the heaviest totals will ultimately end up. That chance of snow will begin as early as this evening's commute along the Front Range and carry well into the day Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the urban corridor and adjacent plains. It goes into effect at 6 pm this evening and will remain in effect through Friday. Areas i
Denver Forecast
GFS continues to paint widespread heavy snow across Northern Colorado on Friday, other data is less convincing
We continue to watch the forecast for Thursday night and Friday as our next system will bring snow first to the high country, then to the plains to end the week. For the metro areas and plains this is a tricky setup, as we're likely to see banded snowfall deliver several inches in some locations and next to nothing a few miles down the road. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for areas north of Denver (including Loveland, Fort Collins, and Greeley) as this is the area