While a sunny day on Thursday will mean warmer temperatures and thoughts of springtime, the atmosphere will remind us that winter is not over as we head into the weekend and through early next week.

Thursday and part of Friday will be generally dry and beautiful across the region with some fresh snow on the ground in parts of Utah and Colorado. Park City, Utah picked up 15 inches Monday night into Tuesday morning, and Beaver Creek, Colorado measured nine new inches as of Wednesday morning. The storm responsible for this snowfall has moved east and is out of the picture.

Two weak storms will move west-to-east across the northern Rockies this weekend and should focus their snowmaking efforts on Idaho, southern Montana, and Wyoming with less snow down to northern Utah and Colorado. The first storm should impact the region Friday and Friday night, with the next storm hot on its heels for Saturday into Saturday night.

Then a stronger and slower-moving storm will head toward the Rockies early next week (about April 8-10) and will linger over Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Since temperatures are warmer this late in the season, snow levels will be rather high with the best snow falling above 9,000 feet. While we’re a bit too far out to have confidence in the exact track of the storm, clouds, cooler air, and snow is likely for these areas early next week, with some locations possibly seeing double-digit snowfall totals.

Spring time warmth one day, and a powder day the next. Welcome to April in the Rockies!


Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.


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