New Year’s Day: snow mountains, dry eastern foothills and plains

12:15 PM MST, Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A moist Pacific storm will move west-to-east across the central Rockies on New Years Day, and maybe another at the start of next week. That’s good news for those who like snow in the mountains. Winter travel should be expected Wednesday and Wednesday night at the high passes and west-facing slopes, especially north of I-70 where over a foot of snow is likely.


For the eastern foothills and plains the weather should be a bit milder on New Years Day, with maybe some areas of gusty winds near the foothills. January is the peak month for chinook windstorms. Tomorrow does not look like a classic setup, but I am watching for possible windy conditions this coming weekend.

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