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17 May 2017
Most all models agree on what would be a historic snowstorm for this late in May for parts of Colorado and Wyoming. With possible heavy snow down to the Front Range Cities of Denver to Cheyenne and mountain snowfall of 2 to 6 feet, depending on which model you want to follow.

Heavy rains may also be in cards with up to 5 + inches in certain areas, which for the semi-Arid plains would certainly test records in many areas.


The rain/snow line might well be around 5000 feet per GFS would could lead to eastern parts of metro Denver getting just a couple inches while western burbs and Boulder get 1 to 2 feet, if GFS is to be believed (with NAM showing 8 to 10 inches in Western Burbs) With trees almost in full summer mode could be extremely destructive.
28 Apr 2017
Well, since the latest GFS and NAM continue to show a major plains snowstorm from the high plains of Colorado into Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota for this weekend, I'll start a thread.

If the latest NAM validates it will be an historic snow storm for parts of the high plains - not just for the month of April but for perhaps any month for certain areas, with broads areas of 10-20 inches of wind driven snow on the plains of Colorado and Kansas (and as much as 30+ inches in select locations). Even Nebraska and parts of Minnesota are looking at 6-10 inches if 12Z Nam Validates.

The remarkably warm spring has most of Colorado in full mid-spring bloom, so for areas getting the heavier amounts there will be severe tree damage and probably downed power lines.


14 Jan 2017
Last couple GFS and Canadian runs have been showing quite the mega storm for parts of Colorado front range and plains into Nebraska for these dates.

Too far out to do much more than dream, but does seem like an active pattern for much of the country east of the Rockies.
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26 Apr 2016
For some runs now many of the models have being showing possibility of heavy snows for the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming and snow down into the Front Range cities of Colorado on Friday and Saturday.

Both 12 Z NAM and GFS showing 2-10 inches in the Denver and the Boulder area, with a sharp gradient from East to West. Here's 12 z NAM

17 May 2015
The third snowstorm in little over the week is forecast for much of the Colorado mountains and mountain towns Monday night into Tuesday with a possible fourth snowstorm for the Memorial Day weekend.

After record warmth with an an early melt off in much of March and into April, winter returned to the mountains in May for a May to remember.

This storm will be biggest of bunch so far with up to 20 inches. Many years Memorial Day weekend can be summery even in the mountains with out door camping. This year it may feel like January.



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Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
302 PM MDT SUN MAY 17 2015

...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS MONDAY NIGHT AND
TUESDAY...

.ANOTHER MOIST STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS COLORADO MONDAY NIGHT
AND TUESDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE WARM ENOUGH FOR RAIN IN MOST
AREAS...BUT THE SNOW LEVEL IS EXPECTED TO LOWER TO BETWEEN 8 AND
10 THOUSAND FEET. HEAVY WET SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE HIGHER
MOUNTAINS. TRAVEL OVER THE HIGHER PASSES MAY BE IMPACTED DUE TO
THE HEAVY SNOWFALL...WITH AT LOWER ELEVATIONS WARMER ROADS WILL
LIMIT THE IMPACT.

COZ033-034-181000-
/O.NEW.KBOU.WS.A.0009.150519T0000Z-150520T0000Z/
SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/
NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/
GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE
9000 FEET-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CAMERON PASS...
LARAMIE AND MEDICINE BOW MOUNTAINS...RABBIT EARS RANGE...
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK...WILLOW CREEK PASS...
BERTHOUD PASS...BRECKENRIDGE...EAST SLOPES MOSQUITO RANGE...
EAST SLOPES SOUTHERN GORE RANGE...EISENHOWER TUNNEL...
INDIAN PEAKS...KENOSHA MOUNTAINS...MOUNT EVANS...
WILLIAMS FORK MOUNTAINS...WINTER PARK
302 PM MDT SUN MAY 17 2015

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY
AFTERNOON.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE MONDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO
TUESDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 20 INCHES...WITH MOST OF THE HEAVY
SNOW ABOVE 10 THOUSAND FEET.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...SOUTHEAST WINDS AT 15 TO 30 MPH OVER HIGHER
ELEVATIONS. VISIBILITIES BELOW A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES IN THE
HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS.

* IMPACTS...ROADS AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS WILL LIKELY BECOME SLUSHY
OR SNOWPACKED. LOW VISIBILITIES MAY ALSO MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT
IN THE HEAVIER SHOWERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

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