Latest update on the weekend storm
DENVER — Snow in Denver ends briefly by noon before at least two more rounds roll through the metro area, starting again Friday afternoon and evening with the potential for locally heavy snow expected to continue through the first half of the weekend.
“As we head into Friday afternoon, we’ll have snow to our west and then we’ll see more of it moving in as we get closer to 9 to 10 p.m. this evening, and we’ll have a lot of coverage with snow falling,” Denver 7 Meteorologist Stacey Donaldson said. In eastern Colorado.” “It will be a snowy Saturday for us in Denver and for the entire front area, but it will be sunny by the time we get to Sunday.”
Denver’s updated forecast snow totals show a range of 3 to 6 inches across metro communities with isolated areas seeing up to 10 inches of accumulation, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder.
“If you’re a snow lover, model trends have not been your friend over the past 12 to 24 hours as guidance continues to trend toward a less impact/less widespread snow event Saturday into Saturday evening,” the NWS said in its report Friday. Discuss the morning forecast. “Uncertainty in this forecast has increased slightly, as the development of snowfall overnight and Saturday remains questionable. Snow could be concentrated Saturday just southeast of Denver. Stay tuned for updates,” the NWS added.
Heavy snow is still possible as a winter storm watch goes into effect at 5 PM Friday through 5 AM Sunday in the Denver area, Front Range, Palmer Divide and the I-25 corridor.
Communities under a winter storm watch include Aurora, Estes Park, Boulder, Lakewood, Brighton, Arvada, Golden, Fort Collins, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Castle Rock, among others.
The National Weather Service stressed that there is still uncertainty about where the heaviest snow could fall in the Denver metro area, but high snow accumulations could develop if “stronger snow showers develop Friday night,” the National Weather Service said.
As for the snow forecast timeline in Denver, meteorologists expect moderate snowfall between Friday evening and night into Saturday morning. Fort Collins, Loveland and communities in northern Colorado could also see more snow impacts and possible heavier accumulations from Friday night into Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Check out Colorado’s latest winter weather alerts at this link.
Weather models continued to show a lower likelihood of widespread snowfall accumulations. “Heavier amounts will depend on short-lived banded features that will be very difficult to identify. Expected snowfall amounts have decreased across the region this morning,” the NWS wrote in its updated brief.
Looking at Denver’s snow totals so far this season, the metro stands about 14 inches behind the normal cumulative total heading into February. At Denver International Airport, Denver’s official weather reporting station, 20.9 inches of snow has fallen this year compared to the 34.9 inches the U.S. typically sees by this time of the season.
To view graphs of Denver snowfall statistics in full screen, click this link.
Denver’s normal monthly snowfall total in February is 7.8 inches, and after last weekend’s snowstorm, Denver’s snow gauge recorded 5.5 inches.
Cold temperatures will settle in across Denver this weekend. After the temperature on Friday afternoon soared to 42 degrees, the temperature on Saturday will barely rise above freezing before the skies clear on Sunday. The high temperature Sunday afternoon in Denver is expected to reach 35 degrees.
Overnight lows in Denver will drop into the mid to upper teens. After a weekend of snow in Denver, conditions will dry out next week and warmer temperatures will arrive with afternoon highs in the low to mid 50s by Wednesday.
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