Fast moving storm later today, above average snowpack

12:20 PM, Monday, May 22, 2017

We are in for some fast changes over the next week. It’s too early to tell what the holiday weekend will bring, but the current indications are that it may start out wet.


And east-west band of showers and thundershowers is likely to move from the Cheyenne area this afternoon to the Colorado Springs area near or shortly after sunset. Denver and Boulder are likely to be impacted between 5 and 8PM. A bit of snow may occur above 7000 feet.


Expect a dry midweek and much warmer on Wednesday. We will probably be in for a spell of unsettled weather Thursday-Saturday, with at least some rainy periods and cooler temperatures.


Last week’s storm boosted the snowpack in the South Platte drainage to 132% of average. While that isn’t exceptional, it does mean there could be a period of high water over the next month in Front Range rivers and creeks depending on weather conditions. A cool, moist period followed by hot weather could cause the melting to be concentrated over a short time period. Something to watch for…

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