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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  • by c Location: Oro Blanco/Barnes on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Measured at 7 am, 6 inches of snow in my backyard.
  • by Darvon Location: Florissant on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    Once again, the forecasters with all of their great technology, are WRONG again! AT least in Teller County; we're lucky to have 3 inches and were suppose to get 12-24".
  • by katy Location: W. colorado city(near mnts and Rye) on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    I have AT LEAST 18 inches so far and it is snowing very heavily. Drifts up to 4 feet. When is this going to stop and be spring?!! I have had enough. I would send a picture if I had address to send it
  • by Lee Location: SW of Rye on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    As expected we've got over a foot and it's still comin' down! This is the place to live if you want snow! LOL We love it!!
  • by Mark Location: Falcon/Meridian Ranch on Mar 24, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    WE have 2 to 3 foot drifts. Hard to tell how much snow actualy dumped.
  • by Marc Location: Flintridge/Academy on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:55 PM
    Around 6:30pm went to King Soopers and it was light rain, got home still light rain. About 10 minutes after I got home 7ish, snow was coming down pretty hard. Almost 1am now, measured 9 inches of snow in the yard!
  • by jon Location: straton meadows/ southgate on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    over 2 hrs now, started mild/ light rain,very quickly to heavy snow fall, & unbelievable with the north wind blowing, yet heavy snowing, ... is the radio station still playing the Gee Bee ' with Barry Gibb ? this one looks like it time travel from that time to now.. nice to see it... looks wet with good water content.. jon
  • by Paul Location: north of Castle Rock on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:26 PM
    14 jack-knifed semis blocking I25 traffic totally stopped.
  • by Michael Location: Pine Creek on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    Quick 20 min trip to Lowes to buy a new snow shovel for the storm and came back out to truck and 1 in of wet grains of snow! MW
  • by Cinfy Location: Colorado Centre on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Hi, thanks for the update. Is this what used to be called an Albuquerque low? We used to hear this term alot in southern colorado and I haven't heard it used in years! For our family, if we hear that coming, we know wind, rain to snow and get your groceries early cause it is probably gonna dump snow!
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