|The sunset in Denver on 2.25.2020|
A trough, or an area of low pressure, swinging through the Western U.S. will eventually gain some strength once it reaches the Rockies and points East. What that means for us here in Colorado is that moisture will move into the state as early as Thursday evening. Starting first up in the High Country mainly as snow. By Friday morning, some of the Central mountains may have 1-4 inches of snow on the ground.
Moisture will then fill into the Front Range Friday morning. This will mainly start out as rain showers as temperatures will be in the 40s but as that low-pressure strengthens, it will bring colder in with it and temperatures on Friday and that will eventually cool us down enough for all snow to fall. When that happens will likely be late morning to early afternoon. With how warm it has been and with the higher sun angle now, accumulations probably will hold off until the evening, when the sun begins to set.
Since this low is expected to strengthen, areas to the east of Denver, like near Limon, may end up with quite a bit of snow and wind from this storm.
Areas near Boulder and down toward Castlerock have a better shot at seeing 2-5″ of snow.
The questionable spots are further east of Denver where upwards of a half a foot of snow may fall. TBD there.
Fort Collins/Greeley will look to get 0-2″ of snow from this storm. This just isn’t a favorable set up for heavy snow for those areas.
Since travel is now limited across the state, we shouldn’t have to worry about too many road impacts but those who do need to venture out from Friday evening to Saturday morning, you’ll likely run into slick spots.
The mountains are looking to pick up anywhere between 2-8 inches of snow which will further add to the snowpack. The snowpack in the Colorado Rockies typically reaches its peak snowpack on April 11. With the way things are looking, we should be right on track for that to occur.
April is a big transition month for Denver. It’s the main time between Winter and Summer. We should be talking about a few more snow chances but we are also going to begin to talk about severe weather and the return of thunderstorms. Another fascinating weather feature to track.
Stay safe! Be well. Enjoy the weather.