Finally, the pattern looks to turn from the lousy warm and sunny weather we’ve been having, to great cold and snowy weather.  Yeah!

Things start to get interesting late Sunday when the entrance region of a jet streak passes over our patrol zone.  While the models aren’t currently predicting much (Canadian calls for a dusting and the others are predicting nothing), jet steaks can sometimes create upside surprises.  Odds are low, but fingers’ crossed.    

Things start to get even more interesting on Tuesday when a system passes by our patrol zone coming from the northwest.  The most optimistic model is the UKMet one, that shows some upslope potential (and snow in Boulder/Golden too), but remember, the Canadian and American models tend to do a better job of forecasting our patrol region.  Here are the model forecasts for Tuesday:

3” – UKMet Model

2” – European and Canadian Models

½” – American Model

And, it looks even more promising out at the edge of forecast fairyland.  On Thursday (12/9) to Saturday (12/11), a potentially strong system, pulling moisture from both the northwest and southwest, may provide some healthy snow amounts.  Some models see an upslope component while others do not.  Here are the forecasts:

8” – European and Canadian Models

6” – American Model

Regardless of details of exact time and snow amounts, it’s just great to be writing about (and hopefully soon skiing) new snow!


-Jordan (Thursday (12/2) evening)

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.