Following a dry start to the week, snow will fall on Thursday into Friday. Then another storm, potentially stronger, will arrive over the weekend. The combination of these systems could result in pretty good pow after Thanksgiving.
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Short Term Forecast
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After a light refresh for many locations on Saturday night, a few snow showers lingered on Sunday morning ahead of clearing for all locations through Sunday afternoon.
We'll now see mild and dry conditions, under sunny skies, continue over Colorado through Wednesday. Daytime highs will rise into the 30s, with overnight lows in the teens to low 20s on the mountains.
The first of two storms will then begin to make its presence felt on Wednesday night and into Thursday. This storm will first bring a round of much-needed moisture to California through Thursday morning as clouds begin to increase across Colorado. We'll be watching Thursday evening for the fun to begin in the high country, with light to periods of moderate snow into Friday morning.
In total, storm #1 will likely not be a big snow producer but most areas should be looking at another round of light to moderate totals from Thursday evening through Friday morning. If you're looking for soft(ish) turns, keep an eye on Friday morning.
Following another break on Friday, storm #2 will target Colorado on Saturday and into Sunday. We'll need another day or two for the models to come into better agreement on the exact track of the storm but it does look stronger compared to storm #1.
Below is a look at the ensemble snow forecast for McClure Pass, which is located west of Aspen and northwest of Crested Butte. Time goes from left to right on the bottom, with the two arrows on the right pointing to storm #1 and #2.
Again, there are still a lot of details to be worked out but the combination of these two systems could result in pretty good pow after Thanksgiving. Aim for Friday morning and Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday morning for the best chances to catch fresh turns.
Looking further ahead, there are mixed signals on whether we'll receive another quick system early next week or revert back to dry conditions. There are encouraging signs for the final days of November and into early December so always, stay tuned and we'll keep you up-to-date on the latest.
Thanks for reading and look for my next update on Tuesday, November 20th!
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