1PM MST, Friday, February 22, 2019
In yesterday’s forecast blog I mentioned that the wildcard in the forecast was the chance for southwest-to-northeast oriented bands of heavier snow this evening in the overall light snow event. I don’t think that is wildcard anymore. It appears likely that there will be bands of snow causing several hours of moderate or heavy snowfall rates starting around the evening commute.
Accumulations may be on the order of 5-8″ under those bands while at the same time there may only be an inch or less a short distance away. Current mesoscale models suggest that the Denver area may get under one of those bands, mainly the south and east sides. But the position may change and there may be more than one band. Prepare for fast changing conditions over short distance. And remember that this is not a typical upslope, so the heavier snow could be away from the foothills.