Monthly Archives: January 2022

Minor storm moving through, then mild by the end of the weekend

6:20 AM MST, Friday, January 14, 2022

Don’t get too excited about the chances for snow over the next 24 hours. For most areas north and east of Denver, there will likely be little or nothing except for colder temperatures. Even where it does snow (best chance south & west of Denver but north of Colorado Springs), accumulations should be light. The 3-day holiday weekend is expected to be dry, with a trend toward milder weather by Sunday and Monday.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my previous blog. I really appreciate it. I thought maybe I’d have an exciting local storm to write about for my last post, but I don’t 🙂 I hope you always get to safely enjoy the variety of weather this region delivers!

End of the blog

9AM MST, Saturday, January 8, 2022

I’ll get to the weather in a moment, but I first want to announce that when my subscription for WordPress (host to this blog) is up for renewal on January 16th, I won’t be renewing. I’ve been doing these blogs for 20 years, first as an email list, then through this site. This blog has never been a paid job for me. I don’t regret that at all because I love the weather and sharing my knowledge of it. I am also honored by the hundreds who follow the blog and the praise I have received from many of you. Thank you!

Because of the popularity of this site, I have felt compelled to write blogs while I was away on vacation to answer questions about pending storms. Again, I have absolutely no regrets doing that, but I don’t want to do it any more. I am now retired from my main job and I am exploring new opportunities in meteorology and climate science. It seems like a good time to let go of the blog.

The weather

Some colder and unsettled weather will be moving through the region today. It appears there will be little or no precipitation for most of the Front Range lower foothills and plains. The exception may be south of Denver where there may be an inch or two of snow (including Colorado Springs). Some minor snow accumulation is probable higher up too, around Nederland and Eisenhower Tunnel. Dry and relatively mild weather are likely to return for Monday-Wednesday, and maybe the whole week.

Turning cold with a bit of snow

6:30 AM MST, Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Cold air will push back into the Front Range region this afternoon and early evening sending temperatures in the urban corridor to the 0-10 range tonight. After a cold Thursday, milder and breezy conditions should return on Friday.

Later this afternoon and evening we should see a widespread snow with very variable accumulations. In general it will be a light snow, but there are likely to be long and narrow bands (100-200 miles long and 10-20 miles wide) of heavier snow that develop and dissipate. The bands will be oriented northwest to southeast. Therefore, snow accumulations are likely to range from 1-5 inches from metro Denver north, depending on if you get a period of heavier snow. As you go south from Denver, the heavier bands are less likely, and there could even be some areas with little or no accumulation.

Windy Tuesday, Colder with snow by late Wednesday

6:20 Am MST, Monday, January 3, 2021

The very cold air has let up, but it’s not too far away and will likely make a comeback by late Wednesday. Before then, some areas in and along the foothills may experience high winds, particularly on Tuesday. Although the wind could be accompanied by blowing snow, fire risk is thankfully at a minimum due to that snow.

Wind: High wind along the Front Range moves in from above as the higher wind aloft gets deflected to the surface. That’s why it can be so sporadic and vary greatly over short distances. Tuesday appears to present the best chance for wind making it down to the surface, with some risk for the higher foothills persisting into Wednesday.

Cold and snow: The first cold front late Tuesday will probably only make it a bit colder in the lower foothills and plains, and probably won’t bring snow. That cold air may erode away on Wednesday before a stronger cold front (similar to the one on New Years Eve) arrives late Wednesday. Snow is likely to spread from north to south along the Front Range Wednesday and dissipate early Thursday. Still not sure on the amounts, but there is potential for 3-6 inches of fluffy snow.