We’re in a wonderful cycle, with a few days of heavy snow, followed by a few days of warm and sun, and then repeated over and over again. It’s great!
A powerful system comes from the northwest, generating a low pressure centered in southwestern Colorado spinning moisture (with winds from the favorable easterly direction) into our patrol zone on Monday, with the system lasting through early Wednesday.
While the models still disagree a fair amount, it looks like we will have a first and more powerful wave on Sunday night through early Tuesday with easterly or northeasterly winds, and a second less powerful wave later on Tuesday into Wednesday with westerly winds, but perhaps assisted by a jet streak. Here are the various model snow forecasts for our patrol zone from Sunday night to Wednesday:
16” – WRF Model
14” – RDPS Model
13” – American Model
10” – European and Canadian Models
8” – UK Met Model
7” – NAM Model
Sunny and warm on Thursday and Friday.
Then, the next system approaches around Sunday. Although on the edge of forecast fairyland, the system early next week looks similarly great. Here are the model snow forecasts for our patrol zone for Sunday May 9 to early Wednesday May 12:
22” – American Model
14” – Canadian Model
4” – European Model
Keep it coming!
-Jordan (Sunday night)
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all forecasts are for 10,000’ in exposed areas. References to American Model are the American (GFS) Model. References to the Canadian Model are the Canadian (GDPS) Model. References to the WRF Model are the CAIC WRF Hi-Res Model. References to the European Model are the European (ECMWF) Model.