Well, it is June in Colorado. What else could that mean other than random spurts of hot and cold weather? Colorado hasn't seen too much warm weather this Spring. In fact, May ended as one of the top 5 coldest May on record. And June is already running below average in the temperature department as well.
Let's talk about this next system coming up. Currently, our area of low pressure that I'm tracking is in the Northern Rockies where is it already raining and snowing at higher elevations. That system will track east through Montana and then proceed to move east across the Northern U.S. Plains. It will move close enough to Colorado to bring some moisture and some colder air to the region. That will result in snow.
A cold front will drape across the region by early Friday. This will bring a surge of cooler air to Colorado and with plenty of moisture, we'll start to see showers form in the mountains first and then move northeast following upper-level winds. Once the colder air settles in through the day, snow levels (especially by nighttime) may drop to around 9,000 feet (even lower in some valley locations)! A reinforcing shot of cool air and moisture will move across Colorado on Saturday and this will allow snow levels (through the day) to be around 10,000 feet. The coldest air will be felt by Saturday night and some very good snow may fall across the northern mountains by Sunday evening.
Other mountain ranges like the San Juan's in SW Colorado will likely see some snow showers but the extent of moisture and instability will be further north.
I'll be updating this blog as needed through the rest of the week but anticipate a not-so-good weekend for outdoor activities.
Andy is Colorado Ski Country's Communication Coordinator. He is also a trained meteorologist with over 6 years of experience working most recently as a broadcast meteorologist. Andy loves Colorado and has been skiing since he was 4 years old. The weather in Colorado fascinates him which makes working for a very weather dependent industry very appealing.