January 27th - 28th Storm Potential (Brian Bledsoe)

As you know, we have storm that is going to try and target Southern Colorado.  This storm is not terribly strong while it impacts us, and is going to take a pretty far south track:

By Thursday evening, most computer models have the main storm centered over east-central New Mexico.  Not a bad track, if it were stronger.  However, it looks like it will remain kind of disorganized until it enters the Texas Panhandle.  What does that mean for us?  Unless something radical happens, it looks like it will produce some light to moderate snowfall for most of Southern Colorado.  Highest totals should  favor southern areas and mountain locations.

Potential Snowfall:

The storm will linger the longest for the Southeast Plains.  In fact if the storm ends up being a little stronger and stays on the same track, some of the Southeast Plains could pick up some higher totals.  Right now, that seems a little unlikely.

Bottomline...

Storm Timing:  Wednesday night through Thursday for western areas, and into Thursday night for the Southeast Plains.

Snow Totals:  Light to moderate, with mountains locations getting the most.

Blowing Snow Potential:  Seems pretty low, with wind not being a huge issue and the wet nature of the snow.

Metro Area and Interstate Impact:  Should be pretty low.  While there will likely be some slick spots here and there, travel shouldn't be impacted that greatly.

We'll keep watching closely, in case something changes...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by Mandy Location: COS on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    I am defiantly in the wrong job!! I want your job...get top dollar and still cluelss!!!!!!
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    Ran out of room...another interesting fact - the top three LOWEST snowfall amounts in CS occured in the last 10 years and 4 of the top 10. I don't understand what this trend means... Like another poster said, El Nino or not, things are changin in Colorado SPrings. Like it or not, it seems like we're drying up. I just want to know why...
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    Al, like Julio said we are below normal. This storm is going to produce some big snow just to our southeast. The Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles are going to see amounts between 10 and 14 inches. Good storm anywhere, let alone that area. El Nino has definitely benefitted most of TX and will continue to do so... Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    Al, I can answer that for you. We're currently almost 10 inches below the normal snowfall for the year.
  • by Al Location: Security-Widefield on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    A question for you Brian-Is the Colorado Springs area above or below our average snow fall/moisture received for the year thus far?
  • by Al Location: Security-Widefield on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    I agree with Julio. Only amounts are a lot closer to 1 inch or less.
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    Wow...big surprise! Another snowstorm that will produce 1 to 3 inches! This seems like the story of our winter!
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