12:30 PM, Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
Thursday morning may be the coldest morning. The temperature in Casper, Wyoming this morning was -25, the coldest November reading of record. Remarkable considering it’s early in the month. Fairbanks, Alaska is expecting low 40s today and their average high is closer to what we are getting here!
The temperature will likely vary between -5 and -10 tonight with a few valley areas a bit colder than -10. Boulder’s record low for Thursday morning is -6 (not -2 as I erroneously stated in yesterday’s blog). There is a chance we will break that and also set a record for the coldest so early in the season. Denver’s record low on Thursday is -3, and they will likely break that. If they get to -9, it will be the coldest for so early in the year. Nederland is not likely to get as cold in this kind of situation, but it may still be in the zero range up there.
Snow has been quite variable, with some of the highest amounts (3-6 inches) immediately along the foothills and less to the east and to the west. The west side of Boulder has seen 7-12 inches! The clouds will begin to thin today, and there may be peaks of sky tonight through Friday. But more Pacific moisture is likely to bring mountain snow to the western side of the continental divide Thursday night with only a slight chance for a little bit getting to the Front Range lower elevations. The Front Range region may see temperatures go above freezing on Friday, But don’t get used to it yet!
A storm system on Saturday is likely to bring more cold and snow. Snow is likely Friday night and Saturday in the western mountains (especially north of I-70) with 6+ inches in many mountain areas. For the Front Range, snow is likely Saturday afternoon into early Sunday. It’s still uncertain how bad it will be, but right now it’s looking like 3-6 inches in and along the foothills and 1-3 across eastern Denver Metro and Weld County.