Weekend Update/Storm Update

It appears the warmest air this weekend will stay east of the Divide with Denver and the Front Range warming up nicely! I remember when I lived on the Front Range for a couple of decades and I can’t tell you how many times we would get this January/February thaw. The golf courses fill up for this first spring change only to have Winter come storming back in March when Denver has its historically heaviest snow month of the year.

We are not going to warm up nearly as much as they are but it looks like we may have some clear blue sunny skies to help it feel a little warmer before our winter returns on Monday. Temps for the Snowdown Parade should be around 20 degrees under clear skies.

Here is a look at a cool cloud cover model showing the percentage of cloud cover for the weekend. This is between 6 am tomorrow morning and 5 pm Sunday. Black is clear skies, white blobs are clouds

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As I said earlier, winter returns on Monday. The GFS and Canadian models are bringing in first flakes in the morning and the Euro brings the snow in during the afternoon, I always prefer the latter’s approach but by Sunday the models should start aligning better.

The big news is GFS this morning finally flipped this morning and is now looking more favorable for accumulating snow! The Canadian has not quite caught up to the other two models, I will be anxious to see what the next Euro looks like.

Here is the Canadian.

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Here is last night’s Euro.

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And here is the latest GFS which looks the best it has all week

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As I have been saying the models have been advertising this storm as being colder than what we have seen in a while, which could lead to higher ratios and higher amounts!

Next update Friday around noon.

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