March mois­ture is on the way

Den­ver could re­ceive up to an inch of rain or snow by Fri­day

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

Don’t put your snow shovel away just yet, Den­ver.

Af­ter weeks of dry and un­sea­son­ably warm weather, in­clud­ing record-set­ting high tem­per­a­tures, much­needed mois­ture is in the fore­cast for north­east­ern Colorado, with a chance of rain in Den­ver start­ing Thurs­day af­ter­noon and pos­si­bly chang­ing to snow overnight.

March is typ­i­cally Den­ver’s snowiest month, but the city has seen only a trace of snow so far this month.

“It would def­i­nitely be a big help,” Jim Kalina, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, said of the cool, wet fore­cast. “It would be a big boost this time of year.”

A high pres­sure ridge locked over Colorado is weak­en­ing, which will al­low mois­ture and cooler weather to flow into the state start­ing Tues­day in the moun­tains, where there will be a chance of rain and snow, with the snow line at about 10,000 feet in el­e­va­tion, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice. Snow ac­cu­mu­la­tions in the moun­tains Tues­day, how­ever, should be “mi­nor.”

Also on Tues­day, there is a slight chance of rain show­ers over the East­ern Plains.

Warm, dry and breezy con­di­tions Wed­nes­day in north­east­ern Colorado will once again el­e­vate fire dan­gers in the foothills and on the plains, the weather ser­vice re­ports.

Re­lief for se­verely parched north­east­ern Colorado comes into play Thurs­day into Fri­day as a storm sys­tem tracks slowly across the state.

“We are look­ing right now for Thurs­day night into Fri­day, we have a good chance of some rain and maybe even a lit­tle bit of snow mixed into that” for the Den­ver fore­cast, Kalina said. Den­ver could see onequar­ter inch up to 1 inch of mois­ture from the up­com­ing storm sys­tem.

“De­pend­ing on the track of the storm, we have the po­ten­tial to get some good mois­ture with this,” Kalina said.

Some moun­tain ar­eas along with the higher foothills could re­ceive sev­eral inches of snow as mod­er­ate to heavy rains fall across the plains. At lower el­e­va­tions, ar­eas south of Den­ver to the Palmer Di­vide could re­ceive heav­ier amounts.

Dry and warmer weather should re­turn to north­east­ern Colorado on Satur­day.

In the Den­ver area Mon­day, trees in full bloom wel­comed the first day of spring. Much-needed mois­ture is in the fore­cast for north­east­ern Colorado and for the Den­ver area this week. RJ San­gosti, The Den­ver Post

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