Cold, unsettled weekend weather

12:25 pm, Friday, January 30, 2015

We are expecting neither a cold wave nor a significant amount of precipitation this weekend. Instead, expect near seasonable to slightly colder than average temperatures by Sunday, along with a considerable amount of clouds and some periods of light precipitation possible (light snow likely in the mountains).

There will be a large amount of mid level atmospheric moisture passing through the state today and Saturday, but no organized storm system to help squeeze it out in the form of snow or rain. On Saturday night a cold front will likely increase the northeasterly upslope flow along the Front Range, but the moisture in the middle levels will probably be exiting the area by then.

So here is what will most likely occur:

Generally cloudy (maybe some brief periods with the sun) through Saturday. Some intermittent showery snow (or rain) may occur Friday night and Saturday, especially in the mountains. Snow accumulation through Saturday, 1-3 inches in the mountains.

A cold front Saturday night will probably result in low clouds and some areas of light snow along the foothills and on the plains by Sunday morning. Those clouds may break up a bit later in the day. Total snow accumulation through Sunday morning in the Fort Collins-Boulder-Denver area will likely be a dusting to about 1 inch.

Western Colorado is likely to be less cloudy on Sunday. Mild weather is expected to return to Colorado and Wyoming on Monday.

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