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Denver will stay chilly for a few more days

Posted at 8:02 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 17:19:42-05

The Tuesday weather has stayed cold and clear for Denver and most of Colorado.  Highs reached the upper 40s to around 50 in the metro area while the mountains were in the upper 30s to low 40s under sunny skies.

It has been a dry start to the snow season in Denver - only 2.8 inches of snow since September.  By the end of November, Denver should typically see around 13 inches of snow, we are well below normal.  In the mountains, the snow-pack is low as well.  The statewide average is just 62 percent of normal for early December. 

Snow in the northern mountains is best at about 75 to 80% of normal, while the central mountains have less than half of the normal snowfall to date.  The worst snow conditions are in southwestern Colorado with about 1 third of the normal snow-pack.

The JET STREAM will remain in a position that will carry the cold and snow too far to the north and east of Colorado for the next week to 10 days.  The main storm track will bring the best snows to southern Canada, the Great Lakes and New England.  

A minor cold front will manage to slip across Colorado on Wednesday, keeping conditions chilly, but only bringing a few snow flurries to Denver and the northeast plains late in the day.  The mountains east of the Continental Divide might pick up a couple inches of snow, but it will be spotty.

The good news for skiers has been the cold overnight temperatures.  The clear, quiet conditions that have been the norm recently have made for excellent snowmaking weather for all of our resorts.  A big snowstorm would be preferred, but at least we have some man-made snow to ski and ride on!

Temperatures will be in the upper 30s to low 40s on Thursday.  Warmer weather will settle in for the weekend.  Expect mid-50s Friday and upper 50s to low 60s Saturday and Sunday. 

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