A major snowstorm is winding up over Colorado, and by this time tomorrow, the state that likes to bill itself as "Ski Country, USA" will certainly be looking powdery and ready for skiing.
Monday saw record high temps in the low 80s in Colorado's Front Range, yet meteorologists are calling for highs in the low 30s on Wednesday. Significant snowfall will accompany the frigid temps and skiers and riders across the state are doing their snow dance.
On his blog, our resident meteorologist, Joel Gratz, called for 8-13 inches of snow at Front Range and Summit County resorts beginning Tuesday evening and continuing through Wednesday morning. He also forecasts five to nine inches at southern Colorado resorts like Wolf Creek, who saw three feet of snow earlier this month.
"East of the [continental] divide have a great upslope wind direction. The foothills will see one to two feet while the cities on the plains could easily see 6-12 inches or more. Along the west of the divide will not have a favorable wind direction during the storm, but there will be a heavy snow band that sets up overnight... This band will drop heavy snow for northern and central Colorado by Wednesday morning."
While October snow is nothing new for the state, Editorial Meteorologist Tim Ballisty of The Weather Channel points out that the snow in Denver is noteworthy.
"A meager 22.8" of snow fell all season in the city. Last season's heaviest snow event in the Denver metro: 6.8" on January 9-10. So, this snow event could be the heaviest in Denver since March 23-24, 2010 (10.8")."
Significant snow accumulations are expected for Colorado and southern Wyoming. Image Courtesy of The Weather Channel.
A serious temperature drop is expected to change precipitation from rain to snow in Metro Denver. Image Courtesy of The Weather Channel.
Check OnTheSnow.com for the latest Colorado snow information and photos once the storm has settled in.