Monthly Archives: February 2017

Areas of snow today, milder by week’s end

5:40 AM, Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Areas of light and moderate snow are affecting the mountains this morning. As a weak storm pulls east we should see some areas of snow across the Front Range and plains today. The snow is not likely to be continuous and accumulations along the Front Range will probably be variable ranging from little or nothing in some spots to a couple inches where it comes down moderately heavy for a short period. Some of our mesoscale models suggest that Denver has a better chance for accumulation than Boulder or Fort Collins.

 

A cold wind may follow the clouds and snow tonight. But it looks like a multi-day period of mild weather will kick in late Thursday or Friday. The price to pay for the milder weather may be occasional Chinook winds.

Turning colder Thursday

2:45 PM, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After another mild and breezy day Wednesday (but a little less warm than today) we are looking for a turn to colder weather Thursday and Friday. Bitter cold is not expected, but we will likely see our first below average temperatures since February 2-3.

 

The storm circulation at mid-levels of the atmosphere that accompanies the cold front is likely to be very close to the Colorado-Wyoming border. This would put the east slopes of the Front Range in a region not favorable for significant snow. Although there is a chance the storm could shift south, recent trends would suggest otherwise.

 

Therefore, expect some accumulating snow in the mountains (especially west-facing slopes) Thursday and Thursday night, with a chance of intermittent clouds and snow along the lower foothills and plains of the Front Range (minor accumulation if any). The chances for more significant snow are a little greater in Cheyenne. I’ll update tomorrow if there are shifts in the storm evolution.

Gusty cool front late Sunday, but not really much cooler

12:20 PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017

A mild three-day weekend is underway and although there will be a cool front late Sunday, other than some gusty winds behind the front it is not expected to turn much colder. Some precipitation (snow mountains, rain valleys) is likely in western Colorado late Sunday and Sunday night, but a big storm is not expected. For the Front Range lower foothills and plains there is a small chance of a brief showery period with the front Sunday evening and even a slight chance for a rumble of thunder (that would be quite unusual for February if it does happen). Monday should be a bit cooler, but still milder than average, and maybe some gusty winds. Abnormally warm weather is likely Tuesday and Wednesday.

Will winter return?

Not in the next four days. There is increasingly consistent indications that more wintry weather may make a comeback after midweek.

More unusual warmth to end the week

12:20 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wednesday and Thursday are likely to bring more near record warmth along the Front Range. The warmth is not expected to be as impressive as last Friday, but we may still get within striking distance of the record highs. The record highs for Wednesday and Thursday in Denver are 66 and 70, and in Boulder they are 67 and 69.

 

The three day weekend should be colder, but probably with temperatures still near or above average. Pacific moisture streaming into the central Rockies may not have a big impact along the lower elevations of the Front Range, but some precipitation is probable for the mountains and west.

More seasonable weather this weekend

12:35 PM, Friday, February 10, 2017

The strong chinook winds and record temperatures are in their final day, for this round. At noon record warm temperatures were being observed up and down the Front Range. We are likely to get close to the monthly records of 77 in Denver and 79 in Boulder.

A trend toward cooler weather will begin Saturday morning and there will probably be a distinct cold front passage during the afternoon with brief gusty north or northeast winds. The air mass behind the front is of polar-Pacific origin rather than arctic, so Sunday’s temperatures should be near average.

The north-northeasterly surge Saturday will be conducive to clouds and precipitation but the upper air setup isn’t very favorable to precipitation, especially from Denver north. Expect a brief period or rain or snow below 7000 feet and snow higher up late Saturday afternoon or night. Accumulations¬† are likely to be below an inch from Denver north. Accumulations south of Denver should be relatively minor too, but there is a better chance for a couple inches.

Warm through Friday, then colder Saturday

11:15 AM, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Warm weather (although with some gusty chinook winds in and near the foothills) will be in place statewide Thursday and Friday. The mountain snow and valley rainshowers should decrease by Thursday too.

Record highs in Denver and Boulder are not likely, but it’s not out of reach for Friday. The current records on Friday are 72 in Boulder (1962) and 71 in Denver (1951).

 

A Pacific cold front on Saturday will should bring temperatures back to near-average levels ¬†by late Saturday. It should also bring Pacific moisture resulting in more mountain snow and valley rain or snow near and west of the continental divide. For the Front Range urban corridor it does not look like the kind of setup for significant precipitation, but that can’t be ruled out yet. I’ll update on Friday.

Cold snap ending

2:30 PM, Friday, February 3, 2017

If you live in western Colorado the cold snap never started. But for the icy lower elevations of the Front Range, Saturday will see a milder Pacific airmass, but some areas of gusty winds may be the price to pay. There will probably be a bit of snow along the high elevation ridges and some strong wind gusts. But overall a dry and mild weekend is in store for the Front Range region.