Another storm system is taking aim at Colorado this weekend, bringing a chance for more snow to the Front Range and to the mountains. This one, however, looks a little different than last weekend’s blizzard.
Temperatures are forecast to warm up in the Denver metro area through Saturday afternoon. In fact, despite the snow cover, we’ll see slightly above average temperatures by Saturday. The average high for this time of year is 56 degrees. That should help melt some of last weekend’s snow before our next round arrives.
This system is weaker than the system that hit last weekend. It will also move faster, because it’s moving east along the jet stream. Last weekend’s storm was considered a cut-off low. It separated from the jet stream and moved very slowly east. This made it difficult to predict.
There is still some uncertainty with this upcoming storm, but for now, expect snow to begin to falling in the mountains Saturday as a surface cold front moves across the state. The heaviest moisture and snow is expected in the mountains Sunday with the upper level low. A rain and snow mix will spread east onto the plains by Sunday afternoon.
Temperatures will get cold enough in Denver, and along the Front Range, Sunday night to produce accumulating snow. It’s too early to know a good estimate on snow accumulation, but models have been consistently showing a few inches of snow for Denver, with heavier amounts south near Castle Rock, and west, along the foothills. Locations in northern Colorado will see light snow, and the least amount of accumulation. Overnight lows are forecast to be in the upper 20s and low 30s, so any snow that falls will be heavy and wet. Denver won’t get anything close to the 27 inches of snow we got last weekend, but still be prepared to do some shoveling Monday morning!
Mountain areas that sit along the Continental Divide and along and south of I-70 will see the highest snow totals. The storm will move out of Denver by early Monday afternoon, and out of Colorado by Monday night.
Another weak round of snow arrives Tuesday to mountain areas and for folks east of I-25.
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