DENVER (CDVR) — From an inch to 14 inches, anticipated snow quantities for this blizzard are very totally different. So, why are the snow totals so vast?
A Designate a Climate Alert Day was issued for Wednesday and Thursday as a mixture of rain and snow hit the Entrance starting Wednesday afternoon. In keeping with the Nationwide Climate Servicethis storm has unusually excessive uncertainty relating to anticipated snow quantities.
Pinpoint Climate Meteorologist Kylie Bearse stated the snow totals differ by mannequin. One mannequin reveals Fort Rock receiving 14 inches of snow whereas one other has Fort Rock solely receiving an inch.
The rationale the fashions are so totally different is due to the way in which the storm begins.
In keeping with NWS, the precipitation on Wednesday will begin as rain after which change to snow later within the night. Due to the preliminary rain and the truth that it’s not a chilly storm, there shall be loads of melting and due to this fact will have an effect on how a lot snow accumulates on the bottom.
Meteorologist Travis Michels stated the fashions do not account for melting, so when it reveals a foot of snow, it does not embody the melting that may occur.
Temperatures shall be within the low 50s earlier than the storm strikes in inflicting the precipitation to soften earlier than heading into the 20s in a single day.
NWS stated the most recent traits counsel larger quantities have gotten extra seemingly.
In keeping with the Pinpoint Climate workforce, 2 to five inches of snow is anticipated to fall in Denver with 3 to six inches of snow anticipated south of the town alongside the Palmer Divide, however time will inform.
Colorado officers are additionally warning vacationers about “treacherous” street situations this week in elements of Colorado, urging them to “postpone journey if potential.”
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