Perfect View of Last Night’s Snow

Last night we had snow in a few places across the front range with some areas seeing upwards of 2″, while most areas had just a trace.  Very isolated snow bands formed from Cheyenne to Pueblo moving northwest to southeast.  Here is a view of the snow that accumulated from last night’s snow storm:

The above is from a visible satellite image taken this morning and clearly shows areas of accumulated snow in light grey, almost white.  In order to catch such a clear picture the conditions had to be just right with clear skies this morning after the snow had fallen the previous night.  As you can see, the heaviest snow fell north and east of the front range with stronger snow well south of Denver towards Colorado Springs.  A few bands had formed, the strongest being just north of Colorado Springs in the Academy area where you get the brightest reflection from this mornings sun with areas receiving 1-2″.  Smaller bands formed just north into Castle Rock, where mostly a trace-0.5″ fell resulting in less reflection.  Another very light band fell just northeast of DIA as well.  As you can see from the image there was a very distinct northwest to southeast motion and very narrow bands that traversed through the front range and became more broad as they moved east.  Not very often can you get an image like this as most times it either stays cloudy, you have low level fog, or it snows too broad everywhere and the entire region is blanketed in white.  This is a perfect example of how the smaller storms are very difficult to pinpoint higher snow amounts and just how much of a difference there can be just miles away! 

 

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