Snowy afternoon commute

6AM MST, Monday, February 3, 2020

The cold front is through the Front Range region and temperatures are not likely to rise much above what they are at sunrise, and will probably fall later this afternoon.


It is still fairly dry in the upper atmosphere so the resulting low stratus is producing freezing drizzle and some local areas of snow. That will change during the day as more moisture arrives and the cloud layer deepens. Snow will become more commonplace as the day goes on with peak snowfall likely between mid afternoon and midnight. Intermittent light snow is likely into Tuesday. Be prepared for wintry travel conditions this afternoon and Tuesday morning.


My accumulation forecasts are very similar to what I wrote a couple days ago.

7-12″ in the foothills and Palmer Divide region (the lower foothills of Boulder, Jefferson, and Douglas County are likely to see the highest amounts)

6-9″ Boulder, Broomfield, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Castle Rock

4-7″ Cheyenne, Denver

3-6″ Longmont, DIA, Aurora

1-4″ Greeley, Colorado Springs


Tuesday is likely to be the coldest daytime with temperatures struggling to get out of the teens. Wednesday is likely to see the coldest morning with temperatures in the lower elevations ranging from about -5 to +5. Thursday will probably see a return to the 40s.


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