Feels like Winter for Frozen Dead Guy

Thursday’s snowstorm left nearly 20 inches of snow around Nederland, Colorado, just in time for this weekend’s Frozen Dead Guy Festival (FDGF). In recent years, there have been several instances where there has not been any snow on the ground and it has been warm for FDGF, but this year there will be plenty of snow for the coffin races, Hearse parade, and frozen turkey bowling. Also, because of the pandemic, it has been a few years since there has been a FDGF. This is a step back towards “normalcy” here in the Front Range Foothills. Of course, Frozen Dead Guy is anything but normal.

We are now at 100.2 inches of snow for the season which is slightly above the normal 96.4 inches through March 18th. This year has been interesting in how persistent the snowpack has been since late December, particularly on north-facing, forested slopes such as where we live. Here is how our snowfall for the 2021-2022 season compares to other years through March 18th:

Nederland snowfall through March 18th by season

Despite our very slow start to the winter season, we are at least we have made up some ground.

The moisture has also improved our standing on the Drought Monitor. Much of Boulder County is now just abnormally dry:

National Drought Monitor for Colorado

All of Colorado is in some state of drought, and we’ll need a lot more snow and rain to fix this, but at least the northern Front Range Mountains have seen some improvement.

This weekend will feature warmer weather on Saturday and Sunday before another storm brings some snow late Sunday night into Monday. This storm will likely track too far south to produce significant snowfall for us but look for temperatures to cool down for early next week. As we head through March, we will start seeing much warmer days, reminding us that spring is not too far away!

Weather Underground forecast for Nederland, Colorado

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