Big Snow for Some Areas...November 30th, 2008

Every now and again, the weather shows the forecasters who is boss and gives us a surprise.  Usually that surprise doesn't result in snow totals approaching two feet, like what happened in Black Forest.  However, the conditions became ripe for an event like that to unfold early Sunday morning.  A cold front was moving through, we had a powerful jet stream sitting right on top of us, and we had strong north winds at most levels of the atmosphere.  Now, those north winds cause upslope ( favorable for snow ) to occur from Denver to Monument Hill, then again from Pueblo to Raton Pass.  Those areas had the highest snow totals.  However, that same north wind causes downsloping ( not favorable for snow ) to occur from Colorado Springs southward to Pueblo.  Thus, Woodmen Road southward to Pueblo saw little or no snow.  This type of setup will usually give snow days to the kids in D-49, D-20, D-38, etc.  However, those poor D-11 kids.  They rarely get a snow day...

This type of setup happens a lot here in Southern Colorado.  We get a storm to move through with a north wind, and the conditions change rapidly from one area to the next.  It is all due to your elevation and which way the wind is blowing.  It sure makes snow forecasting a tough job, but we USUALLY do a pretty good job.  However, there will always be events that end up surprising us.  That's just part of forecasting in Colorado.  While most folks understand this, it still doesn't make it any easier to go to the grocery store and have someone say, " Those light snow showers dumped 12" at my house". 

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by Bret Haycock Location: Falcon on Dec 16, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    Karen, the areas that gat the least amount of snow in the el paso county/ colorado springs region would be anywhere south of Austin Bluffs Ave. District 11 is the main school district that encompasses most of colorado springs.
  • by ryan Location: monument on Dec 16, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    I hope that we don't have a warm day on christmas eve or on christmas day because if we do have warm days on christmas eve or day there will be trouble I hope we have a white christmas like we did last year and the year before that
  • by laura Location: pueblo west on Dec 15, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    theres a couple of inches of snow and some inches of ice, theres still school and i almost slid off the road that a couple of the buses have routes on.
  • by Josh Location: Monument on Dec 13, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    Ok Brian i have a question for you.. u guys are saying mabey a inch or so out of this whole snow event that is coming are way.. but y is it when i go on to it says 1 to 2 late tonight and 3 to 4 inches tomorrow?? they have been right with the past couple of snow events, i was just wondering y there is such a big diffrence between the two of u guys?
  • by ed Location: widefield on Dec 8, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Julio, Be happy with your dusting to an inch of snow! Howver, look out when the forecast calls for a dusting to an inch. You may get a foot or two like last time!
  • by julio Location: 80907 on Dec 8, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    Well, you guys are pretty excited about this Dec. 8th snowstorm...usually when the weathermen around here get worked up, we get a dusting to an inch. That is what I'll expect tonight.
  • by shawn Location: 80923 on Dec 4, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    hey karen- if u have kids and love life to the fullest and love snow, don't move to the south side of the Springs! You will hate it and your kids will not be happy!!! If you love snow, move to the northern side close to Black Forest and Monument! They get more snow but it is still not like the northern states where it sticks around all year- It is awesome!!!
  • by jon on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    i agree with bret. concerning the evening news/weather cast. in addition i do miss the synoptic weather map symbols such as the high, low pressure centers & frontal systems, if these would be inserted on the national satellite maps it would be most helpful for locating storm systems & where they are going. Especially for this area as being able to see where the low centers will move across can enhance our understanding the wind patterns relating to if we would get or not get any precipt. ..jon
  • by jon on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    B Con't Karen location N H: If you still want the lesser amount of snow, the whole south side of the city includes Security,Widefield, Fountain. Also all of the south of downtown & the west of I-25 to Manitou Sprgs. Except for the Broadmoor area, the housing is lowest cost than elsewhere especially north - most expensive. i live in the Stratton Meadows area just east of S. Nevada near S.Circle Dr. in 5 yrs the biggest snow i seen was only 5-6" of powder in this neighbor hood. The Security/Widefield & Fountain gets even less snowfall. My e mail is feel free to ask more ques. about this subject... jon
  • by bret Location: on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    Why is it that during evening news that the nation radar or visible satellite is not shown anymore? It sure would be helpful to know the where the storm is coming from and where it is going.
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