Oof! It’s been a bitter cold day across the region. Highs have struggled to reach double digits and that hasn’t even happened for many folks across NE Colorado.
Denver is likely setting a record for the coldest high temperature every record on this date. What will be the old record was 13º back in 1913. Tonight, thanks to a little bit of fresh snow and light winds, lows will once again fall below zero for many. But the wind chill will feel like 10-30º below zero by Wednesday morning. That is dangerous cold and anyone caught outside could quickly see frostbite occur.
Unfortunately, Wednesday won’t come with any more warmth than Tuesday. Highs will still remain in the single digits to low teens and they’ll be a bit more snow around. High temps will eventually moderate a bit into the weekend and early next week but it’s going to be a slow climb.
Although a warming trend, it’s hard to go anywhere but up when you’re starting from 10ºF. Full sunshine will return by Friday and Saturday but it’ll still be on the chilly side. Early next week is looking mighty nice.
Now, onto the snow. Snow showers will redevelop (and already have started for some) by this evening. We will continue to see light snow fall through the night and Wednesday morning with a slight uptick Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.
Shallow upslope will be the name of the game with some possible jet-enhanced bands setting up at times. The overall flow will be from the SW so the San Juans are expecting A LOT of snow between now and Thursday. Most of Colorado’s high country will see some great snow between now and Thursday. For the Urban Corridor, deeper upslope will be found near Colorado Springs this going around thus higher snow totals are expected there.
In general Denver can expect 2-4″ of snow by Thursday. 5-8″ for Colorado Springs. 3-6″ in Boulder and Ft. Collins.
STATEWIDE SKI TOTALS
Statewide, SW flow will dominate through Thursday. This means that the San Juans are in for a treat. Up to 4 feet of snow is possible through Thursday around Wolf Creek. For areas like Telluride, Silverton and Purgatory, up to two feet (maybe more?) of snow could fall. For Crested Butte, this storm should bring an additional 14-18″ of snow. For Aspen and Vail, an additional 8-16″ may fall by Thursday morning. Summit county locations are looking to get up to 12″ and Steamboat is expected to get 5-8″ of new snow.
Lots of weather happening. Travel will be difficult across the state on Wednesday.