Widespread snow expected across northern mountains
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Parts of Colorado’s north-central and northwestern mountains could see up to a foot of snow Thursday night into Friday, courtesy of a strong winter-like storm that buffeted the Pacific Northwest earlier this week and is now heading for the northern Rockies.
National Weather Service forecasters say they’re still not sure exactly how far south the storm will drop, but have issues winter storm watches and warnings for the mountains around Meeker and Steamboat Springs, east to the Winter Park area.
Before moving into the Rockies, the storm dropped several feet of snow across the higher elevations of the Cascades, along with gale-force winds. The storm’s central low pressure was lower than any of the tropical systems that have formed in the Atlantic Ocean so far this year.
A pool of cold air with the storm, along with a strong jet stream to fuel dynamics, could generate impressive storm totals for early October, but even a slight shift in the storm track could push most of the precipitation north of the border, into Wyoming.
For now, the NWS winter storm watch is forecasting 12 to 20 inches of snow for the highest elevations of favored northwest-facing slopes in the northern part of the state, with 4 to 8 inches in the valleys.
The snow is expected to roll into the state Thursday night, tapering off the snow showers Friday, with chilly temperatures expected Friday night and Saturday. Most areas should dry out, but stay quite cool Saturday, with temperatures rebounding by about 10 to 15 degrees by Sunday.
Here’s the Wednesday night forecast discussion from the National Weather Service.