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 Post subject: Nice Weekend, Then More Snow in the Forecast
Post Posted: Feb 16, 2018 3:27 pm 
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After another brief round of snow Thursday, modstly sunny day today as temps remain slightly cooler than average. Dry weekend ahead, under mostly sunny skies with temps on the cool side of average Saturday, then near average Sunday. Strong northwest winds will be in place from tonight into Saturday evening, so higher elevations in the mountains and foothills can expect northwest winds of 20-45 mph with higher gusts. Winds will weaken and become more westerly on Sunday, shifting to southwest Sunday night ahead of next system.

Models are in good agreement on next system to impact CO. Clouds and southwest winds will increase across the state Sunday evening, with precip moving into western CO Sunday night mostly west of Vail Pass. Bulk of precip will move into CO during the day on Monday along and west of the Front Range Crest with snow level near 6000 ft Monday morning, lowering below 4000 ft by Monday afternoon. Snow will move into eastern CO by late Monday afternoon into Monday evening, then become moderate to heavy at time Monday night into Tuesday morning. Snow will diminish Tuesday morning, with some lingering flurries during the day on Tuesday, mostly over higher terrain. Temps will be below average on Monday, and then downright cold Tuesday into Wednesday as low temps Tuesday morning should be below zero in the foothills, with high temps struggling to get into the teens. For snow amounts, mountains will receive the bulk with 6-18 inches possible, while foothill areas should see 3-8 inches, and Urban Corridor and plains seeing 2-5 inches.

Dry and cool conditions are expected Wednesday. A weak system may bring some light snow to mountains areas on Thursday, with just a chance for a dusting Thursday evening in the foothills. Next weekend looks dry statewide as temps remain on the cool side of average with a chance for some snow by Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. Models then suggest the potential for some significant snow across much of CO including eastern CO the following week. Too early to tell how likely this is, but something to keep an eye on as upper level pattern remains favorable for systems to bring cooler temps and snow into CO.

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Post Posted: Feb 19, 2018 5:20 pm 
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Cold and snowy day across most of the state today, with snow increasing this afternoon through about midnight, then snow should diminish into Tuesday morning. Just a few lingering flurries expected over higher terrain on Tuesday, but temps remain very cold with temps Tuesday in the 5-15 deg F range in the foothills after temps at or below zero tonight. Snow amounts look like 5-10 inches in the mountains, 3-7 inches in the foothills, and 1-4 inches over the Urban Corridor and plains.

For the rest of the week, deep upper level trough will remain over the western U.S., so expect temps to remain below average this week and periods of snow. Next chance for snow will be Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon, with mostly light snow that remains over the mountains. amounts should remain less than an inch in the foothills, with heaviest snow along and south of I-70. Next chance for snow will be Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, with light amounts mostly over the mountains, maybe a dusting to an inch in the foothills as temps remain below average.

Weekend looks mostly nice, with dry conditions statewide Saturday through Sunday afternoon. Chance for some snow showers develops Sunday evening and Sunday night, again mostly over the mountains with only light amounts expected.

For next week, Monday through Wednesday looks mostly dry statewide. Temps will be near to slightly below average during this time. Models suggest better snow chances return Thursday, and then again next weekend as upper level trough remains over the western U.S.

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