March moisture is on the way
Denver could receive up to an inch of rain or snow by Friday
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