Happily, winter is returning.  There are lots of smaller storms, though unfortunately no huge storms, on the horizon.

A messy low pressure system comes swinging through Colorado from the southwest later today (Tuesday 3/29).  Although springtime low pressure systems (especially the fantastic cut-off low pressure systems) often produce our biggest snows of the year, this one doesn’t look to be too promising.  It’s disorganized, not even a closed low let alone cut-off low, and it’s moving way too quickly.  It won’t produce the great upslope winds we tend to love.  But still, all of these style storms tend to produce something for our patrol zone. 

Here are some of the various model snow forecasts for our patrol zone for this Tuesday / Wednesday system:

8” – American Model

7” – Canadian and UK Met Models

5” – WRF Model

4” – European Model

A weak system then blows past us from the northwest on Friday.  Unfortunately the model predictions of a real system from a few days ago no longer look likely, with the models now predicting half an inch to an inch. 

Saturday and Sunday look to be the warmest days with highs reaching almost 40 degrees, but at least decently strong west winds on Saturday (nothing surprising there).

Then, it looks like a series of storms may hit us from the northwest next Sunday (4/3) through Thursday (4/7).  This far away, it’s hard to tell them apart, so let me just provide the model snow forecasts for the totals from all of these systems:

9” – Canadian and American Models

7” – European Model

It’s nice to be talking about snow as opposed to warmth again.


-Jordan (Tuesday (3/29) morning)

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.