Things are quite dry in Colorado this year, making any incoming snowstorm notable.
After clear skies on Friday, some amount of snow is expected to land on most Colorado mountains throughout the day on Saturday. According to OpenSnow, the most significant accumulations will come in the form of just three to six-plus inches along and to the east of the Continental Divide. After that, Colorado is looking at another week with little chance of precipitation (See the full OpenSnow report featuring resort-specific predictions, a more in-depth extended forecast, and more here).
The OpenSnow forecast is similar to that of the National Weather Service. They're currently calling for a drop in temperatures to hit on Saturday after a sunny Friday, also bringing the chance of snow. Their forecast also calls for snow along the Front Range cities, including an expected one to two inches in Denver and two to three inches in Colorado Springs. In this part of the state, the most snow is currently expected to land along the I-25 corridor, south of Castle Rock.
☀️Mostly sunny today with pleasant temps, then...— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) January 8, 2021
❄️Light snow develops Saturday and becomes more widespread especially in/near the Front Range and I-25 Corridor for the afternoon and evening. Possible slick roads Saturday evening. #COwx pic.twitter.com/oAffJHmxmT
While there is snow expected to land, it's not much. This continues a trend of dryness that Colorado has experienced throughout the winter. Colorado's to-date snow water equivalent is currently at just 79 percent of the to-date median statewide.
The National Weather Service has warned of possible travel impacts over the weekend including slick and snowy roads in the mountains and along the southern I-25 corridor.
Even though the weekend forecast isn't predicting a huge drop of snow, it's important to always be prepared for more intense winter weather than what is expected. Storms in Colorado can bring surprises and mountain travel can quickly become dangerous. Stay up-to-date with current weather alerts on the National Weather Service website.