Spring snow on the way

By: MrMixon , 8:00 PM GMT on April 08, 2013

We've been having very spring-ish weather lately. I saw the first non-frozen precipitation (rain) of the year at home near Nederland last weekend (March 30th). Last night we got some of the largest graupel I've ever seen... marble size and even a few larger pieces. I put a couple in the fridge and might post some pictures if I get to it tonight.

We're on tap for another shot of precipitation tomorrow as a strong low pressure system tracks through the Four Corners area. The water vapor loop below shows the system pretty clearly. Models are still all over the board in terms of amounts, but our warning is calling for 8-16" of snow through tomorrow and MUCH colder temperatures for the next few days (it's a balmy 53F in Nederland right now).

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:51 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
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4. MrMixon
3:30 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
So we ended up with a total of about 6" of snow at our place near Nederland. The ground temperature was so warm when the snow started I'm guessing we got as much as 8" total, but 6" was the max on-the-ground amount I measured. Woke up to sub-zero temperatures (-5f) this morning... brrrr.

Beautiful morning, though. Spring and the hot temperatures and fire dangers that accompany it will be along soon enough - might as well enjoy one of our last blasts of winter.
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3. MrMixon
4:08 PM GMT on April 09, 2013
Interesting bit of discussion from this morning's NWS report:

"...the forecast is still not clear early this morning. There is one circulation center which appears to be moving north-northwest into southwestern Wyoming while another circulation center has developed over central Arizona. None of the models seem to have a clue with this dual structure at the moment. At any rate it appears the Central Arizona low will be the one that takes over and eventually lifts NE later today through tonight. The exact track of this feature is still in question as the European model (ecmwf) and NAM move it to near Denver by 00z tonight while the GFS has it moving southeast of Denver."
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2. MrMixon
11:02 PM GMT on April 08, 2013
Nice temperature gradient across the Front Range right now:

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1. MrMixon
9:27 PM GMT on April 08, 2013
Here's the latest GFS snow prediction. Looks like it puts us solidly in the 12-15" range:

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