To follow up with my spot-reporting from CoCoRaHS in the update yesterday, the NWS analysis for water content accumulation with this storm is in Figure 1. There are impressive amounts topping an inch of liquid west and south of Denver and up around RMNP. That is a wonderful shot in the arm. I’m sad the western and southwestern slopes didn’t get anything.
We do have another storm passing to the south of us Saturday PM into Sunday (Figure 2) which will bring some moisture in down there. The upper air pattern shows a big high pressure center over the western states (Figure 3). That system’s low center is way down in the southern California/Arizona area.
The longer range forecast:
The next storm on the horizon comes late Thursday PM into Friday. The upper air pattern shows a trough in the southern branch passing right overhead Friday AM (Figure 4). The long range forecast shows temperatures right around 50° F all week (under that ridge) with Friday cooling only to around 40° F and dropping later in that storm Friday PM (as the trough arrives). Go do your snow-dance now.