As ski season gets rolling in Colorado, more snow is on the way this weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, some light snow is expected to start falling late Thursday and into Friday along the Continental Divide, leading to more widespread and heavier snowfall from Friday night until Sunday morning.
A more specific forecast, written by Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.com, indicates that 10-plus inches of snow could fall "if all factors combine," though another model mentioned in his report depicts lower totals. Gratz writes that storm outcomes range between "a little bit of snow and a lot of snow with a potential powder day on Saturday and leftovers on Sunday." See resort-specific predictions, an extended forecast, and mapping here.
Thanks to multiple early season snowstorms, Colorado was ahead of typical to-date snowpack as of yesterday at 109 percent of the statewide median. The Upper Rio Grande area in the southern portion of the state has seen abnormally high totals thus far this year at 145 percent of the to-date median in this region. Read more here.
With weekend weather predictions still a bit up-in-the air, it's crucial that those traveling around Colorado stay up-to-date with current forecasts. Utilize websites like Open Snow and the National Weather Service to determine how much snow might fall where. If entering the backcountry, utilize the Colorado Avalanche Information Center website to help determine potential risks.
Editor's Note: All weather predictions are subject to change. Stay up-to-date with the current forecast prior to setting out on an adventure and be aware of changing conditions throughout your adventure.