DENVER — A strong west-to-east jet stream flow will continue over Colorado for the next couple of days. This type of upper air pattern tends to bring storms that create periods of snow for the high country, but little moisture for Denver and the eastern plains.
Snow will be moderate to heavy at times, with another 2-4 inches of accumulation in the mountains tonight and Wednesday. An avalanche warning remains in effect for a large portion of our mountains due to the combination of wind and snow creating unstable conditions in the snowpack.
The mountains do a very effective job at grabbing most of the moisture as the air rises up and over the Continental Divide. The down-sloping winds east of the divide have much less moisture, keeping the weather mainly dry for Denver and across the plains.
Temperatures will stay near or a little below average for early December over the next five days. Highs in Denver will be in the low to upper 40s with nighttime lows in the low 20s.
A storm system will swirl south and east of Colorado Wednesday night and early Thursday. This one should bring 3 to 6 inches of snow to the mountains and could produce a few flurries for Denver and northeastern Colorado early Thursday morning.
Friday and Saturday will be cool and mainly dry, followed by mostly cloudy, but milder weather for Sunday.
A stronger storm system may develop for all of Colorado — mountains and the plains — next Monday and Tuesday!
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