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March started with some light snow and then quickly became dry and very warm. We had several days near 70º F and we’ve been teetering between the 50s and 60s on all other days. So, in all, it hasn’t been a bad start to our snowiest month out of the year. In fact, remember that rain we had? That made it really feel like Spring outside.
Unfortunately, that Spring warmth is just a tease
I mean, it would have to be just a tease. Colorado’s weather doesn’t stay THIS consistent. Psh. But, for the near-term, we still have some good weather ahead.
Now through Thursday will continue with this theme of warm days with some afternoon clouds. There’s the off-chance of an afternoon rain shower but those will be pretty isolated so don’t worry about changing outdoor plans.
The first change we will see in our forecast comes Thursday when a weak cold front moves through. This will mainly just drop our afternoon temps into the lower 50s. it will be a rather dry front so again, not expecting much moisture (rain or snow) to accompany it.
|Forecast through early next week
Another front will move through on Friday and that one is the one to watch.
Highs on Friday will only rise into the lower 40s and there will be a chance for rain and snow showers. This isn’t looking to amount to much, maybe a coating on grassy and elevated surfaces but roads will remain fine on Friday. If you’re traveling towards Nebraska or Kansas for any reason, the Eastern Plains of Colorado are looking to see some wet snow accumulate. It could be rather breezy out on Friday so some visibility issues may be present which may allow for some winter alerts to be posted. Again, this is not for the Denver area.
More active weather pattern sets up for next week
|Outlooks through March 24
This above image shows the outlook through March 24 and the big takeaway is that we are going to moving into a period of much colder and more wet times. What that means to me, is that there are going to be more snowy days coming. And don’t forget, March is our snowiest month so we will have to watch these closely.
By Sunday night, another cold front is looking to move through. This one will have some decent moisture with is and the possibility of snow is going to be there for Monday and Tuesday. As of right now, it’s looking to produce 1-4″ of snow for us in a couple of bursts so none of the snow is going to warrant advisories (at this time) but some fresh snow will be on the ground by Tuesday afternoon.
Then it’s looking to calm down for the remainder of the week until our next system moves in in time for the weekend. Another round of snow is possible with that storm but we are a little too far out to talk specifics on that.
Mountian snow is occurring right now but really only impacting the mountain passes above 10,000 feet. That will come to an end overnight.
March 11-12: another round of light snow is expected with the flow aloft. This will largely only provide accumulation on the passes but a few snow showers may sneak down to the valley floors. Not looking to cause many issues.
March 13-15: This storm is likely to bring some bigger issues to the mountains and some good news, healthy dosing of snow is looking likely for the Southern Mountains. They’ve been lacking in the snow department so this is coming at a good time. As of now, the San Juan and southern mountains should see 6-12″ of snow, if not more. The Central Mountains are expecting 3-8″ of snow, and the northern mountains are expecting 1-5″ of snow.
March 16-20: it’s hard to decipher the storms during this period but it’s looking like just about every day, snow is going to fall. The Southern Mountains may pick up an additional 6-12″ of snow during this period. The rest of the mountains look to get 3-10″ of snow.
In all, this week will be calm and then we will start to ramp the snow back up. Travel plans over this weekend and next look to be impacted slightly so keep up with the forecast and road conditions.
~Rain or Shine
I’m Andy Stein