Weekend: Cooler Sunday, Minor storm impact

12:45 PM, Friday, December 12, 2014.

Front Range and East:

A mild Saturday should give way to a colder Sunday. But don’t expect either very cold weather or a major snowfall.

Despite the newsworthy impacts this storm brought to California, the track and orientation as it moves across New Mexico should keep the heavy impacts well south of Denver. Expect Sunday to be a cooler day, but temperatures may still hover above freezing in some areas east of the foothills. Snowfall (possibly some rain in the low elevations) should range from no accumulation to around three inches. The lower end of that range is more likely in Larimer County, southeast Wyoming, and the northeastern Colorado plains. In and near the foothills and Palmer Divide, there is a better chance for 1-3 inches, mainly melting on major roadways. Expect 3-6 inches west of Peak-to-Peak Hwy, as well as near the foothills south of Pueblo.

Summary for Sunday:

0-1 inch most likely: Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Longmont, DIA

1-3 inches at least 50% probable: Boulder, Broomfield, Denver/western suburbs, Colorado Springs

About 3 inches likely: Nederland, Central City, Castle Rock, Monument Hill

About 6 inches: Brainard Lake, Eisenhower Tunnel, Raton Pass

Western Colorado:

Western mountain areas will see more snow, but still not a big storm. 6-12 inches is likely in areas above 8000 feet, especially south-facing slopes. Snow in lower elevations will be wetter and possible mixed with rain, so accumulation should be minor.

Geminids:

One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Geminids, peaks Saturday night. It will likely be too cloudy to view this year. But if you are on travel someplace with clear skies, take a look. The Geminids have the distinction of having slow-moving meteors which makes them easier to see compared to the other major meteor showers.

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