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Snow Blog: Another dry spell for Colorado

December begins with low snowpack
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DENVER — The northern mountains start December out 20-30% below average for snowpack, while the growth of the drought has been temporarily stopped thanks to a good wet snow on November 24.

The drought is expected to grow a bit more in the coming weeks as Colorado hits another long dry spell. There is a system to watch however, around December 10.

This snow blog watches snow chances develop in the computer forecast models. 

DEC 5

Another blocking pattern is setting up for Colorado from Dec. 3-9. The ridge should be strong enough to eliminate all moisture, even in the mountains, until it breaks down sometime late next week. 

There is one system showing in the models going around a strong Montana ridge and moving into the upper-midwest on Saturday. If we are lucky, we will get a little cool front, but no moisture is expected for Colorado.

DEC 7

Similar story with this system.  It looks small, weak, and will likely have to go around the ridge still set up over the northern states. No moisture.

 

DEC 11-12

The ridge will likely break down sometime late next week which will allow for our next chance at precipitation in Colorado. It will likely be a relatively warm Pacific storm, but lets hope there is some good moisture in it. 

So far the models are showing about 3-6 in the mountains with a chance for some light accumulation in the Denver area. Fingers crossed. 

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