More snow on the way Sunday through Tuesday

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Don’t let the beautiful weather on Friday and Saturday fool you: Denver’s snowy February isn’t going away quite yet.

Two rounds of snow look likely to impact the Denver metro area Sunday and into early next week, continuing what’s already been an exceptionally snowy February here.

An area of low pressure will first track through southern Colorado on Sunday, drawing in colder air from the north and drawing up moisture from the south. That will create the first chance for snow, likely starting up during the predawn hours on Sunday morning.

If Sunday’s system remains more potent and organized — as several computer models were showing as of Friday morning — it could drop as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow on the Denver area by Sunday evening.

If the storm trends weaker and more disorganized, however, as the European forecast model was showing Friday morning, it would lean toward perhaps only an inch or two of snow for most of the metro area on Sunday.

Temperatures in Denver will be borderline for accumulating snow on Sunday, with the mercury hovering in the low-to-mid 30s most of the day. That’ll probably limit most roadway accumulations, coupled with the fact that most of the snow will fall during the day.

Regardless of exact snowfall totals, however, it’s probably a safe bet that it’ll snow throughout most of the Denver area on Sunday. As usual, the colder foothills and the Palmer Divide will see higher snowfall totals than Denver, with several inches likely in both locations. The heaviest snow will likely fall during the morning hours, and it should end by Sunday night.

A few leftover slick spots are likely into Monday morning’s commute, but no snow is expected.

A sharp cold front will then push south through Colorado on Monday night into Tuesday, bringing with it yet another round of Front Range snowfall. This could have impacts on Monday night’s commute, but snow-related issues will be more likely for Tuesday morning’s and perhaps Tuesday evening’s commute.

Snow amounts look light for the Monday night into Tuesday system for the Denver area.

Chilly temperatures will round out the month of February, with lows likely dropping into the teens or single digits on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

If Denver receives another 6 inches of snowfall from next week’s combined snowfall, that would make this month the city’s snowiest February on record. Denver has seen 16.5 inches of snow so far this month at Denver International Airport (and 16.7 inches at the Stapleton Airport observation site), which is less than 6 inches behind the 2015 official record of 22.4 inches at DIA.


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2020-02-21 05:42:00