9 am Sunday
This is going to be a long day. Here is the current surface map, let me rephrase that, this is to the best of anyone’s guess, the most recent surface map. I can’t tell if it is right but all three sources I use say the same thing. I am going to keep this short, because if the map updates and jumps the front ahead a couple of hundred miles east we will know it was wrong.
According to all three maps I use, the front is in the middle of Utah. The dotted line in New Mexico is a shortwave trough, I can’t tell if it is retrograding (going west) or going east. Then draped across the east divide of Colorado is a stationary front, that was being pushed west by a cold front. The triangles on the two fronts point to the direction they are trying to go. The red and blue indicate that it is stationary. If this scenario is correct, the shortwave (dotted line) and the Northern Jet have been responsible for the snow so far. It is possible that the front to our west is closer to the Utah border and not in the middle of the state. The models are mixed on precipitation amounts as well, so that has not been helpful. Enjoy what snow is falling. If you are west of Hesperus and you see a dramatic pick up in snow and wind, let me know, also if you notice a wind shift or see clearing skies to the west.