Snow in the Air

Could this be Nederland’s first measurable snowfall of the season? Snow will be in the air over the Front Range foothills and especially along the Continental Divide Wednesday night and Thursday as a cold front sags southward across Colorado and a wave of low pressure spins up over western Kansas. The latest model runs have come in a little wetter with this storm system as they seem to be better resolving a piece of energy in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere. A river of fast moving winds, also known as a jet streak, will swing across southern Colorado on Thursday morning.  Although the winds in Nederland will be predominantly from the north to northwest, definitely not favorable for upslope, there may be enough energy and lift from the jet streak to result in a brief period of steady snow Thursday morning into early afternoon. The ground is warm and air temperatures will be in the low 30s while the snow is falling. This should limit accumulations mainly to non paved surfaces. Above about 9000 feet, closer to the Divide, accumulations will be greater with several inches possible, especially in the Indian Peaks north of I-70. It still looks like warmer temperatures and drier conditions will be returning this weekend and early next week. This is just a quick preview of winter. Enjoy!

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