Things have picked up considerably again to the west. It appears we had a shortwave trough that extended north out of the main system to the south. Precipitation was heavy prior to the arrival of the shortwave, then there was a lull, now, at least in the west, the precipitation is filling back in on the back side of the trough.
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is always delayed on the surface maps but I think this 11 am snapshot was accurate, the dotted line west of Durango indicates the position of the shortwave trough.
There are closed circulation low pressures on both the north and south end of the short wave. It is just a matter of time before this leaves the area.
My neighborhood is experiencing epic roof releases this afternoon. I am going to have to relocate my measuring station as it is lost to feet of snow in my back yard. Most of us don’t have fences anymore, and we can’t see out our windows. Approximately 42 inches so far with the storm. It still looks like a final piece will move through a little later, however, the pick up in snowfall here could indicate that is happening right now out west, we will see.
We are in for a break for a while and closer to normal highs by Monday or so (we have been about 20 below average for a while). After that break, the models are trying to decide what is going to happen by late next weekend. Everything from a weak storm to another subtropical event, featuring rain below 8,000 feet. I know, I know, but way too early to worry, there will be a lot to figure out and the picture should become clearer by early in the week, I hope anyway.
Stay tuned folks it’s just weather, we will get through this. How did they get through this 100 years ago?