April 16, 2009

Will it rain or will it snow now??

When you live in Colorado you get weather reports like this (note - I put in red the parts that apply directly to our area):

How quickly temperatures drop after the passage of this cold front will be a big influence in how much snow falls between Thursday and Saturday. If the potential snow forecast becomes reality, then travel will be difficult and dangerous along the urban corridor and Front Range Foothills. In the most extreme possibility, 10 to 20 inches of snow is possible, with the heaviest snowfall occurring to the west and south of Denver. The foothills and mountains could see more than two feet of snow. A WINTER STORM WATCH and a WINTER STORM WARNING are in effect for communities along the Interstate 25 corridor

The snow forecast for Denver and the Front Range is very complicated. If all of the precipitation that falls on Friday and Saturday is in the form of snow, then more than a foot of snow could accumulate. But the 9NEWS Weather Team agrees that at this time, temperatures look too warm for significant accumulation for areas below 5,500 feet which includes most locations around the metro area. For Colorado Springs and the southern Interstate 25 corridor, a total of 1 to 2 feet of new snow is possible for mountain areas and 6 inches or more could potentially fall over the adjacent plains.

TWC (this one is zip code specific so I didn't highlight it in red)
Tonight Cloudy with rain and snow this evening, becoming all snow overnight. Thunder is possible early. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.
Tomorrow Cloudy with snow. Cold. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches.
Tomorrow night Snow likely. Significant snow accumulation possible.
Saturday Snow likely. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the mid 30s.

So what's it gonna be?
Do I need to pick up an extra gallon of milk and a loaf of bread or not?


jen@odbt said...

Oy. I feel for you. We finally have a sunny dry day. I will send some of it out your way.

Krape Family said...

The grocery store was crazy today. Which means we will probably get a few rain drops.

Musings of a Housewife said...

This makes me want to crawl under the covers and stay there until June.

jenjen said...

It sounds a lot like our forecast. It's been snowing for 3 days. It was sunny for like 1/2 an hour this morning and then it started raining, and now is snowing again. Ugh! I heard that next week is going to be good. I hope it is there too!


The Fritz Facts said...

Now you have my sympathy!! We are finally in a warm spell that is supposed to last until the end of the weekend. I will think happy thoughts.

How is it that every weather station ALWAYS has a different forcast! I don't get it!

whoopsadasie said...

Ohhh...I am sooo glad I don't live there! I don't do snow!! ;-)