Snow and cold on track for the weekend

1:45 PM MST, Friday, March 1, 2019

The first front has moved through most of the Front Range region as we speak. Some spotty snow may occur later today or this evening, but accumulations through this evening should be minor, if any. The best chance is up near the Wyoming border and in Cheyenne. The real cold and snow will be here tomorrow and Sunday.

Snow: Saturday through early Sunday

Snow will likely be occurring near the Wyoming/Colorado border and in the Cheyenne area before sunrise Saturday and spread southward through the day, probably into Boulder-Denver during morning or early afternoon.

Most snow should fall between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday (a little earlier for Cheyenne). Snow will likely be most continuous in and near the foothills. A few east-west bands of moderate or heavy snow will likely move north to south and impact most areas.

4-8 inches: in and near the foothills (Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Boulder, Nederland, Broomfield, and the western half of metro Denver.

3-5 inches: Greeley, Longmont, eastern half of metro Denver, Colorado Springs

There is about a 10-20% chance of local areas with a bit more than 8 inches in and along the foothills north of I-70

  • for the mountains and high passes there has already been a lot of snow (especially along and north of I-70) so expect winter travel conditions

 

 

Temperatures and possible records

It’s possible some of the lower elevations along the Front Range will reach the 30s early Saturday and turn colder during the day (Cheyenne will almost certainly not reach the 30s). Temperatures will then fall rapidly through the teens and into the single digits Saturday evening. For Sunday’s maximum and Monday morning’s minimum we will be near record. I’ve repeated the records for Denver and Boulder from yesterday’s blog:

The record low maximum temperature for Sunday is 15 in Boulder and 14 in Denver.

The record low for Monday morning is -1 in Boulder and -3 in Denver.

All of the above records were set in 1978 and are within reach.

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