April Storm Comes and Goes

Winter storm watch issued!Updated 4/10 @ 3:50pm – Another pretty typical spring snowstorm has come and gone.  In a span of a bit more than 24 hours we go from sunny, 60 degree temperatures to rain with thunderstorms to snow and near blizzard conditions.  You have to love Colorado weather!  Here in Thornton we measured 2.8″ of very wet snow.  Some of the other area totals:

Denver – 2.5 inches
Fort Morgan – 2.4 inches
Greely – 4.0 inches
Greenwood Village – 6.0 inches
Highlands Ranch – 4.0 inches
Parker – 6.7 inches
Wheat Ridge – 1.0 inches

A chance of snow showers remains in the forecast through Friday night but the weekend is looking great with at or above normal temperatures.

Updated 4/10 @ 6:00am – Definitely a wet one out there!  The rain started around 8:00pm in Thornton last night and we saw 0.2″ of rain before midnight.  After tapering off, the snow started falling before 4:00am and it is coming down pretty good now but thanks to the warm ground, not much is sticking to the roads although they are very wet.  The Snow & Blowing Snow Advisory remains in effect until 6:00pm tonight primarily because of the winds we are seeing.  Northeastern Colorado is going to bear the brunt of the storm so if you are heading that way on I-76, be prepared.  In Thornton we will probably only see an inch or two of snow during the day today. 

April 08, 2008 @ 17:08 – Winter Storm Watch Issued – A Big One Coming?

A big one or a big dud – that is the question.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of northeastern Colorado and much of the mountain areas which goes into effect Wednesday night.  The weather patterns are very dynamic right now and it is tough to say exactly what is going to happen; as always, a lot depends on what track the storm takes.  Travel will almost certainly be impacted but it is a matter of where that impact will occur that is the question. 

 At the current time the earliest we would expect precipitation along the Front Range is mid-day Wednesday.  Assuming the upslope conditions setup as it looks like they will, things will start with a rain and snow mix and then turn to all snow by Thursday morning.  Snow totals from 3 to 8 inches are currently projected.  As the storm approaches we will know more about how this will all set up.

 Remember – A winter storm watch means there is a potential for a hazardous winter weather event in and close to the watch area.  Significant snow accumulations may occur that could impact travel.  Stay tuned to ThorntonWeather.com, the National Weather Service or your local news media for the latest updates and possible warning concerning this potential winter storm.

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