Over a foot of new snow fell on many Utah and Colorado resorts early this weekend, and this led to incredible ski conditions considering that the calendar reads April. It’s not unprecedented or even unexpected that April can provide a few late season storms, but it always seems like a bit of a shock after the few warm, sunny, spring-like days that always pop-up in March.
Thursday we'll see another storm for the same areas – Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado – though this storm will be quicker and warmer, so less snow will fall. Many areas should see 2-4 or 3-6 inches as this wave moves through from the northwest to the southeast.
After a quiet Friday and Saturday, an interesting weather pattern will take shape late in the weekend through early next week (about April 14-17). A slow-moving storm will anchor itself over the northern Rockies bringing snow and colder air to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of Utah and northern Colorado. This storm will slowly move south and east through Utah and Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday. Forecasting these slow-moving storms is extremely difficult as they drift instead of move steadily along, and a small change in their location makes a big difference in the snow forecast. That said, my confidence is increasing that early next week will feel more winter-like than spring-like. April is a transition month after all!
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.
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