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This City Will Go from 60° to Snowy in Two Days

18 Feb 2015, 4:45 pm

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If you live in Denver, Colorado, you’re going to want to dust off both your t-shirts and your snow pants for the next 48 hours.

Wait, what?

Denver is bracing for a potentially major winter storm this weekend – and also ready to bask in temperatures expected to climb well into the 60s on Thursday.

First, the beautiful weather: Thursday’s high temperatures in Denver and into much of Wyoming, western South Dakota, parts of Montana and New Mexico should soar 10-15 degrees above average under plenty of sunshine. But by Friday, the changes arrive, and quickly.

An area of low pressure will move south behind a strong cold front on Friday, spreading snow into the Rockies (including Denver) Friday afternoon and evening. The snow will be heaviest in metro Denver, where a quick 3-6″ of snow could pile up by sunrise Saturday. The snow stays in the Mile High City through most of Sunday before tapering off late in the day, with a foot-plus possible in the city itself. Nearby foothills could receive as much as 18-24″.

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It’s good news for the lagging snowpack in Colorado, which is on average about 60-80 percent of normal for this time of year. A big snowfall could inch those numbers closer to 100 percent, especially for the southern mountains in the Centennial State, who are expecting the highest totals from the upcoming storm.

For Denver-ites, rapid switches in temperature and conditions are the norm. The city is unusually prone to quick changes in weather due to its location right in the lee of the Rocky Mountains, which can lead to downsloping (warming) winds that often flip to the Northeast (upsloping, snow-producing) when low pressure centers are located south of the city. This is precisely the setup for this weekend’s drastic change in weather.

We’ll keep you posted on the upcoming winter storm for Colorado’s Front Range right here on WeatherNation.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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