Snow totals expected for the storm that will impact Friday through Saturday
DENVER — Denver’s weather forecast shows potential snow totals of 2 to 6 inches for the next big weather maker to land across the metro from Friday through Saturday, according to the latest weather models, but there’s still some uncertainty about how much snow will fall. In the metro.
“These snow totals are still very variable, and these newer models appear to have pushed up the snowfall totals here over the past 24 hours,” Denver 7 Meteorologist Stacy Donaldson said. “We have chances of some rain and snow as we head into the night tonight and that will impact us on Friday morning.”
Donaldson said light snow is expected to reach Denver in the morning and then again Friday night into Saturday.
“Snowfall is pushing across the eastern Plains as we get into Friday night and then into Saturday, and it’s kind of spreading across eastern Colorado.”
Models now show snow totals in Denver could range from 2 to 6 inches with pockets of up to 8 inches of accumulation along some areas of the Front Range and the I-25 corridor, Donaldson said.
The Colorado mountains will see moderate snow on Thursday, with several winter weather advisories in effect throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday for parts of Jackson and Grand counties at elevations above 9,000 feet.
High winds and additional snow accumulations of up to 2 inches are possible at Rabbit Ears Pass, the NWS said.
A winter weather advisory is also in effect until late Thursday afternoon for parts of Jackson, Larimer and Boulder counties above 9,000 feet for winds up to 50 mph and an additional 2 inches of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists stressed that uncertainty surrounding the path of the winter storm affects potential snow totals in Denver and potential accumulations in communities along I-25.
The weather service said in its update Thursday morning that the storm “could bring snow accumulation to the foothills, I-25 corridor and parts of the Plains late Friday into early Sunday, but details remain somewhat uncertain in the coming days.” this time”.
The NWS Snowfall Forecast Tool, which currently shows the forecast for Thursday through Friday afternoon, showed a wide range of potential snow totals across Colorado.
It is important to note that the snowfall forecast below does not yet include the remainder of the storm timeline through Friday night and Saturday.
By Friday at 5 p.m., Denver has a 45 percent chance of seeing 2 inches or more of snow. Castle Rock shows a 51 percent chance of seeing accumulation of two inches or more.
Boulder and Fort Collins have a 49 percent chance of two or more inches of snow by late Friday afternoon.
Again, the NWS forecast is currently through Friday at 5 p.m
“Snowfall is pushing across the eastern Plains as we get into Friday night and then into Saturday, and it’s kind of spreading across eastern Colorado,” Donaldson said. “We will see the snow continue to fall throughout most of the day even as we head into 3 to 4 a.m..”
To view graphs of Denver snowfall statistics in full screen, click this link.
Snowfall in Denver on Friday and this weekend will help the metro reach normal February totals. The NWS reporting station at Denver International Airport shows Denver has already received 5.5 inches of snow compared to the monthly average of 7.8 inches.
For the 2023-24 season, Denver’s snow total is about 14 inches behind the normal cumulative total. So far, 20.9 inches of snow has fallen at the official reporting station in Denver compared to the 34.9 inches we typically see by this time of the season.
The snow is finally disappearing from Denver by the latter part of the weekend. Sunday’s high temperature in the metro is expected to reach the lower 40s with partly cloudy skies. Denver’s weather forecast for the first half of next week shows more sunshine and temperatures high into the mid 40s.
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