San Juan Mountain Autumn Photo Credit: pabradyphoto (iStock).

Photo Credit: pabradyphoto (iStock).

Thus far, it's been a hot and dry fall for most of Colorado, but that will likely change quite soon.

According to the most recent report from popular mountain forecasting website, some models show up to 21 inches of snow hitting parts of Colorado as a storm enters the state next Monday or Tuesday. That being said, Joel Gratz – founding meteorologist of the service – calls this projection "mostly a fantasy," stating that something in the three to six or four to eight range is more likely.

According to Gratz, the most snow will be likely to fall at high points of elevation from Monarch and Aspen, north to the I-70 corridor, as well as on Front Range peaks. See his full report here.

Following the storm that's expected to hit on Monday and Tuesday, another storm dropping more snow may roll through closer to the weekend.

Several resorts have already expressed excitement about the snow online, with Ski Cooper announcing that they're expecting 9 inches total next week.

Widespread predictions of snow have yet to show up on, though there's a good chance this will change in upcoming days to reflect the OpenSnow report. After all, meteorologist Joel Gratz is rarely wrong.

Should big snow hit and temperatures see a major swing, it could impact the longevity of fall colors (More on that here). Big temperature drops can cause colors to change faster and can cause their presence to be more brief.

RELATED: Here's how incoming snow could impact the 'fall color show' in Colorado

Will Colorado finally see its first big snow of fall? With predictions ranging from an inch to 21 inches, it remains up in the air. We'll have to wait and see.

As wintery weather starts to hit Colorado, OutThere Colorado recommends several websites for forecasting. The National Weather Service is the place to go for official alerts. is the place to go for ski resort-based information. is a great resource for winter hiking. Always be aware of the forecast prior to embarking on any adventure and be prepared for changing weather and unpredicted weather swings.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.


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And the article about the upcoming snow storm you say Joel Gratz is rarely wrong and his forecasting. Joel Gratz is wrong plenty. Let's don't make his head any bigger than it already is.

Steve B/Colorado

Meteorology is the only profession where one can be wrong 90% of the time and still get good job evaluations from your boss.

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