A couple of West Coast troughs will influence Colorado Saturday afternoon through Tuesday with colder temperatures and some snow along Interstate 25.
Saturday 4pm Update:
The front has arrived and unsettled weather is ahead of us. We have a small chance of snow tonight through Monday midday. Figure 1 update shows just a dusting nearby Longmont. A few inches of snow are now possible Monday afternoon through Tuesday night. More later!
End Saturday 4pm Update:
A low is deepening on the West Coat while a front remains draped down the Rockies in Colorado. Western Slope and high mountain snows continue (great news! Figure 1 below).
The first front is arriving a bit earlier than expected yesterday, on Saturday. It might arrive as early as noon (Figure 2). This could cut highs that might have reached 50 degrees to the lower to mid-40s. That front is driven by a rather large trough moving in from the west (Figure 3). The ingredient we are missing (as has been the norm) is atmospheric moisture.
The longer-range forecast:
On and off upslope flow will bring small chances of snow/rain along I-25 and healthy snows to the mountains through the weekend. The five-day snowfall total in Longmont could amount to up to 2 inches, but most likely will remain in the coating to 1-inch area.
Early next week, a stronger trough follows this same path and may pull more significant moisture into the state (Figure 5). The GFS gives us an additional inch or so (looking at the 10-day forecast in Figure 6). This is a situation that could become a better snowmaker — we'll watch that possibility here. The mountains win with even more snow either way. Enjoy the warmth in the meantime.