Hello everyone. We haven’t been posting or writing much this week as we’ve been working pretty hard on redesigning the mobile app and adding lots of new features. We do have another system on the way with plenty of rain and snow in the forecast, so let’s discuss!
This is an update for our previous forecast, in which we discuss the upcoming system in detail. Model runs today have revealed that our system tomorrow is slowing down just a bit — no changes to impacts overall, but you can push back timings by about 4–6 hours.
Due to the delay in moisture, we should have a bit nicer weather for much of the high country into the afternoon, instead of widespread thunderstorms being in place earlier on. For instance, last night’s run had precipitation totals on Sunday from noon to 3pm looking like this:
Hello everyone. Hopefully the return to spring was a welcome change after a rather dreary week (at least in the Front Range). Some parts of northern Colorado picked up quite a decent amount of snow before the weekend began, and the skiing — or climbing — conditions were truly wonderful. Spring provides so many options!
Here’s a basic overview of the storm chances we will discuss in this article:
Clouds have moved back over Colorado as a band of moisture enters the state. As the deformation zone of the closed low to our west moves overhead, moderate snow will fall in parts of northern Colorado.
This is an update to our previous forecast — we may not cover all the aspects of this storm in as much detail as that article.
The cold front scheduled for this afternoon has raced ahead of the forecast quite a bit. Though models are usually too slow with frontal passages (FROPAs), the cold air swept through the Denver metro area by 7am or so. At the airport, you can see the temperature plummet and winds whip around from the northeast with the FROPA:
Today features a short respite from the unsettled and cold weather pattern of the past week.
Satellite imagery shows the mountain snowpack, along with snow on the Palmer Divide, in the foothills, and west of I-25, all of which is melting rapidly.
We can get a good look at our future snow chances by looking at a grid of precipitation probabilities.
The Highpoint Weather forecasting team — weather nerds who like to play outside.