It looks like much of Colorado will be wearing white after Labor Day. Just hours after parts of the state are expected to see record-setting high temperatures, cold weather will move in and snow will likely fall – and not in the typically minuscule totals common for September.
Mountain forecasting service OpenSnow is calling for somewhere between 6 and 13 inches of snow in the area of Rocky Mountain National Park between Monday night and Tuesday. Wolf Creek Ski Area is close behind, expected to get 6 to 11 inches during the same time frame. The Echo Mountain area near Idaho Springs could see 5 to 12 inches. It's also worth mentioning that every tracked resort will likely see some level of snow. See a breakdown of all locations here.
While Colorado's higher elevation spots will likely see the most snow, the lower cities on the Front Range will also see some powder. This includes Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, and beyond. Some models even show these cities getting multiple inches.
According to CBS Denver, if measurable snow does end up falling in Denver, it would be the first time this has happened in September in 20 years. Models included in Colorado Ski Country USA's coverage of the incoming storm show potential snow totals of 10 inches in the Denver Area.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures with record-breaking potential on over the weekend, particularly on Sunday. They predict that this will then be followed by record-lows on Tuesday, with temperatures in the mountains transitioning from something in the 60s on Sunday to lows in the teens on Tuesday.
There's obviously a lot that can change between now and Tuesday, but at the moment, it's looking like Colorado's first significant snow storm of the season is approaching fast.
Now is a great time to plan ahead for winter by packing your trunk with extra layers, water, and snacks, along with other safety items.