The New Year’s storm unfolded pretty much as forecast here in Nederland and the surrounding Front Range Foothills communities. The biggest surprise is that snow totals in Boulder were higher than in the town of Nederland. I measured 8.2 inches here at our home which is about 4 miles east of Nederland. Nederland reported almost 6 inches of new snow while portions of Boulder, particularly locations near the Foothills, registered 10-11 inches. The National Weather Service snowfall analysis shows a broad swath of 8-to-12-inch snowfall amounts stretching north to south along the Front Range Foothills all the way out onto the Eastern Plains:
With the 8.2 inches of snow that I measured came 0.49 inches of liquid, one of our largest precipitation events in months! In fact, this is the largest precipitation event since August 19, 2021 when I measured 0.42 inches of rain. That was over four months ago!
We finally have a snowpack, and it looks like it will stick around this week. A cold front will bring another round of snow on Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures remaining at seasonable or slightly below normal levels: