DENVER (CBS4) – The third storm in just eight days entered Colorado on Monday night, and while some mountainous areas will need moisture, most of Colorado will again be missing. This is a troubling trend since most of the state is experiencing drought.
The most recently released Drought Monitor for Colorado shows 66% of the state has at least one moderate drought, including the entire Denver metro area. Meanwhile, about 30% of the state experiences at least one severe drought, including the I-70 mountain corridor west of Vail Pass. And nearly 14% of Colorado experiences extreme or exceptional drought, including Steamboat Springs, Craig and Meeker.
Fortunately, some mountainous areas north of Interstate 70 received beneficial moisture from this latest storm, including about 6 inches of snow on the Steamboat ski area early Tuesday.
The Steamboat Springs area as well as the mountains surrounding Craig and Meeker such as the Elkhead Mountains, Park Range and The Flat Tops are all subject to a winter weather advisory until midnight Tuesday night for up to 8 inches of drop. total snowfall.
But further south, snow accumulation was much less, including in Summit County, where the Arapahoe Basin ski area reported no snow in its 5 a.m. report, but minor accumulation. happened later.
For Denver and the Front Range, temperatures will be cooler on Tuesday compared to Monday, but they will still be far too warm for snow at low elevations. Instead, there is a small chance of light rain from late morning to early evening. The “best” chance for showers is for areas north of Denver, particularly around Boulder, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley.
High temperatures will struggle to exceed 60 degrees along the Front Range on Tuesday, which is slightly below normal for the third week of October.
The storm will move quickly over northeast Colorado from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, clearing the skies. That means a cold start to the day Wednesday with near-freezing temperatures around Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Mountains will fall in teens in many cases.
Then a gradual warming trend will begin Wednesday afternoon and continue through the weekend ahead, with high temperatures eventually returning to the 70s. It will be another beautiful weekend for most of Colorado.