Hi again. Back with another forecast of cold and snow. This month has been pretty chilly across the state. Look out for a full recap on November in the coming days. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. I was busy hiking near Moraine Lake and skiing Winter Park. Got to ski the 6″ of fresh powder on Sunday which was nice. I’m excited for more terrain to open which should happen after this next storm!
Also, this will be a shorter/less detailed forecast because I’m coming off a busy weekend so thanks for understanding.
Let’s talk about the storm that is closing in! Winter weather advisories (purple) and winter storm warnings (pink) have been issued for tough driving conditions between now and Tuesday evening.
Much of the state will feel some impact from this weather it’s wind and high fire danger or accumulating snow and cold air.
Snow is beginning to fill in across northern Colorado near the Park Range around Steamboat. This will continue throughout the day and will increase in coverage and intensity. Snow will spread south towards Aspen and Crested Butte by mid afternoon and then it will spread further south into the San Juans by this evening. The mountains will be favored for snow today but many of those along the I-25 corridor will have to wait until the nighttime hours to see snow start.
Snow will begin around Ft. Collins late Monday night and will spread south into the Denver metro after midnight with snow filling into Colorado Springs mid-morning on Tuesday.
Tuesday morning’s commute in Denver and Ft. Collins is looking to be heavily impacted by this snow!
This is what the radar could look like through this event. You’ll notice the snow starting in the northern mountains and spreading south with snow falling overnight along the Urban Corridor.
This will be a rather quick event which means snowfall rates could get intense at times – especially in the northern mountains.
There will be some dynamics in play that could lead to heftier totals in some areas but snow totals are mostly in good shape.
Here’s a look at snow totals to expect by Tuesday afternoon across the Western Slope and mountains areas.
and for Northeast Colorado including Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins.
and for SE Colorado
Overall, this will be a bigger storm for the mountains and for the northern Urban Corridor so beware of tough driving conditions in the very near future.
The other story we’re watching is the deep cold that will settle in. The good news is that it will be generally brief. Some mountain valley locations will see temperatures dip into the single digits and teens BELOW zero by Wednesday morning.
Tuesday will be very cold and it will be a very cold morning statewide Wednesday morning.
Look our for windy weather now through Tuesday morning as well. Wind gusts could get up to 45 mph in the wind prone areas. High fire danger is expected along the Raton Mesa in southern Colorado for Monday.
Looking ahead, it’s looking like this active pattern will continue for a couple of weeks. The good news is this will boost our snowpack which is a bit below average for the date. For the mountains, we could see more snow at the end of this week, the beginning of next week and the end of next week. So, look for tough mountain travel but good snows for the ski areas.
For the low elevations and Urban Corridor, keep an eye on the December 5-6 timeframe for our next chance of snow.
Enjoy the weather!