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The Front Range Forecast: Mild and quiet, big mountain snows

In Brief:

Quiet mild weather, some wind a times, big mountain snows.

Forecast Discussion:

A ridge sits in the west giving us above normal temperatures much of the time this week. A cool front may give small storm chances Tuesday but things should remain quiet along I-25 (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: the 10 day graphical forecast for Denver from weatherunderground.com

The Longer Range Forecast:

That small storm chance comes from a western trough that pulls north of the state ultimately (Figure 2). Wave after wave of snow will hit the western side of the state (Figure 3). Over the next 10 days, not much precipitation hits east of the mountains but higher elevvation locations get 1.5 to 2 feet of snow (Figure 4). Hurray for the skiers!

 

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Figure 2: the 500mb map for early Wednesday morning from the GFS and tropicaltidbits
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Figure 3: the surface forecast map for early Wednesday morning from the GFS and tropicaltidbits
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Figure 4: the 10 day snowfall forecast from the GFS and weather5280.com

 


About the Author: John Ensworth

John Ensworth works from Longmont as the Principle Investigator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth and space science education product review through the IGES (The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies – www.strategies.org).
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Current Weather

Sunny

Sunny

19°F

UV Index
3 Moderate
Pressure
30.06 Falling
Visibility
8 miles
Dewpoint
8 °F
Humidity
61%
Wind
ENE 1.7 mph
Gust
3.3 mph
Wind Chill
19 °F

12 Hour Forecast

Today
2 PM
22°F
Sunny
Today
3 PM
24°F
Sunny
Today
4 PM
22°F
Sunny
Today
5 PM
19°F
Mostly sunny
Today
6 PM
16°F
Mostly clear
Today
7 PM
13°F
Clear
Today
8 PM
10°F
Clear
Today
9 PM
8°F
Clear
Today
10 PM
7°F
Clear
Today
11 PM
5°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
12 AM
5°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
1 AM
5°F
Mostly clear

7 Day Forecast

Sunny

Tuesday

24 °F

Sunny


Cold

Tuesday Night

2 °F

Mainly clear and frigid


Mostly sunny

Wednesday

38 °F

Mostly sunny and not as cold


Mostly clear

Wednesday Night

16 °F

Mainly clear


Sunny

Thursday

41 °F

Plenty of sunshine


Clear

Thursday Night

17 °F

Clear


Mostly cloudy

Friday

48 °F

Thickening clouds


Mostly cloudy

Friday Night

30 °F

Mostly cloudy


Partly sunny

Saturday

47 °F

Partly sunny


Mostly clear

Saturday Night

23 °F

Clear to partly cloudy


Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise
7:10 AM
Sunset
5:18 PM

Based on AccuWeather data