Snow winding down, but not over yet

12:45 PM, Sunday, February 22, 2015

The widespread moderate and heavy snow is mainly over the mountains and foothills of central and southern Colorado now. But as the storm to our southwest churns, areas of snow are likely to continue moving north through the Front Range region this afternoon and tonight. At times the snow will stop and the sun might shine dimly through the clouds, and at other times snow may re-intensify for a couple hours. Additional accumulations Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for the Front Range corridor from Denver to the Wyoming border should range from Trace-4 inches. It may be a little heavier down toward Colorado Springs and the foothills southwest of Denver.

Although temperatures are likely to climb above freezing Tue and Wed, it may not get back to average (mid to upper 40s for Denver-Boulder). So there will likely be snow on the ground when the next snowfall hits Wednesday evening. At this point that storm doesn’t look as heavy. But it look possible that we may enter another multi-day cold spell with more than one period of snow through the weekend.

And yes, the Boulder coop climate station reached a monthly total of 34.6 inches of snow as of 7AM, a new February record. We may be on track for a month that exceeds 40 inches. That has happened in every month from October to April except for January and February, historically the drier mid-winter months.

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3 thoughts on “Snow winding down, but not over yet

  1. Laura Osborn

    Matt, We really enjoy your weather posts. I am the one on your email list. My spouse, Rick Katz is a NCAR scientist (emeritus)…We were discussing the location of your weather station…we aren’t sure where it is now…there is one near the NIST/NOAA daycare center. Is that your station or is it now located somewhere else? Thanks, Laura (Osborn)

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    1. mkelsch14 Post author

      Hi Laura-

      The Boulder coop climate station is near the NIST/NOAA daycare center and has been since 1990. Before that it was in a variety of locations, often poor exposure (like rooftops) that causes a warm and dry bias in the pre 1990 data. So we have to consider that when we set a snow record because it’s a bit easier now. Still, this Feb is likely to end up a foot ahead of anything in the pre-1990 data, so we can consider that a real record!

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  2. Laura Osborn

    Thanks Matt. Your blog is wonderful–helps us mentally prepare for all the shoveling (2+ hours today and a couple more hours yesterday) and more to come later in the week!!!! Yikes… Laura

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