As the cold air slips away, I need to confess that I’ve been downplaying our actual next storm (Wed/Thur) since it looks like very little will occur in town. It does look like at least a ‘bit’ of an impact is possible. Figure 1 shows the next big Pacific soaker on its way in to the western states. The mountains get more snow (like Estes Park, which will be getting 2-4 inches on top of its big snow pack). The main trough is off the West Coast, but a little ripple is traveling downstream for Wednesday/Thursday (Figure 2 – short red line over Colorado).
Figure 3 shows period of snow lasting only about 4 hours. The GFS gives us a coating to 1/2 inch of snow Wednesday night (Figure 4). The NAM, in Figure 5, shows the snow staying off to the west by a few miles. The GEM (Figure 6), like the GFS, gives us a coating to 1/2 inch.
The longer range forecast:
The longer range forecast shows 50’s F until the weekend when we only cool to the mid 40’s F. There is another mini-storm for Friday PM (rain showers in the afternoon maybe?). Remember, don’t forecast the next next storm until the next storm is done.