Friday’s winter storm dropped a healthy amount of liquid precipitation along the Front Range, but snow totals proved highly variable due to marginal storm temperatures. Much of the snowfall at the lowest elevations did not stick to road surfaces, and also compacted significantly due to the high moisture content. Rain also mixed with snow over the northern and central metro area throughout the day on Friday, further diminishing potential impacts on road surfaces. Below, you’ll find a collection of local storm reports showing a high degree of variability.
|Shaffers Crossing (3N)||18”|
|Tiny Town (3S)||16.5”|
|Castle Pines (3S)||7.1”|
|Fort Collins (3SW)||0.2”|
The storm generally favored areas west of Interstate 25 and south of Interstate 70. The Foothills of Jefferson County, Douglas County, and areas along the Palmer Divide saw the most precipitation, where more than 1.00″ of liquid was observed in some areas. Higher foothills near Conifer topped the scales with 15-18″ of snowfall observed.
Light snow showers and flurries remain possible on Saturday, but little accumulation is expected. By early afternoon, there’s a good chance for breaking skies to help melt the recent snowfall. Temperatures will slowly rebound this week as high pressure steadily builds into the Rocky Mountains. Eyes then turn towards our next period of unsettled weather, perhaps arriving on Friday as a trough of low pressure takes aim at Colorado.