March 23rd & 24th Storm Potential

Slow moving and wet pretty much describes this one.  Regardless of how much snow stacks up, this one will produce decent moisture for all of Southern Colorado.  Pretty favorable track with this storm, as you can see above.  It takes the upper level low through northern New Mexico and wraps cold air and moisture into our area.  Specific snow totals are always tricky here in Southern Colorado, especially during March and April.  We have to factor in the longer days, the warmer ground, and usually the lack of deep cold air.  This one will have enough cold air to produce snow, but we will also have to deal with the problems that a strong north wind create.  I.E. Snow minimum from Colorado Springs to Pueblo.  Check out our potential totals below:

As you can see, the big winners with this storm will be elevations above 6500 feet.  This could potentially include northern and western Colorado Springs, where 6-12 inches may fall.  Downtown and southern Colorado Springs should see quite a bit less.  There is always time to change, and it should be noted that energy and moisture will not be in short supply with this storm.  If the storm ends up stronger, then the lift it will provide may overcome some of the downsloping off the Palmer Divide and produce more snow for Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  Seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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