Published Monday 5/10/21 at 9:05 am
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Once again, a system will move into the region today. The system is going to favor the Front Range, the Eastern Plains, and Front Range Mountains and foothills. 8 to 16 inches of snow is possible in areas west of Denver above 7,500 feet.
In our forecast area, the northern areas will be favored for some light precipitation but not until late this afternoon and evening. Snow levels tonight may drop as low as 9,000 feet for a dusting of snow. The majority of the precipitation in our forecast area will fall in the Northern San Juans. There is an intriguing bullseye of snow in the backcountry east of Ridgway.
NAM 3km Precipitation
Nam 3km Snow
For the rest of us, precipitation chances decrease greatly. The latest model runs are showing a setup similar to Saturday. The difference is, the action won’t start until later today and this evening. It should be no surprise that the winds will be an issue once again as the storm compresses the pressure gradient as it moves into northwestern Colorado later today.
If you are new to the area, this is a pretty seasonal storm track for us. The storms usually drift to our north as the jet meanders from Southern Canada to Southern Wyoming and Northern Colorado. May is our second driest month of the year. June is the driest month of the year. The seasonal models are showing above-average precipitation for us in July and August, which are our wettest months of the year.
There is also a signal showing a major uptick in Pacific Tropical Cyclone activity for a period of time beginning around May 20th. All of these are positive signs as we approach summer.
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