At last, snow is in the forecast |

At last, snow is in the forecast

Steve Benson

It’s hard and fast out there, but that’s about to change. The high pressure that’s been sitting on us like a mean older brother for the past few weeks is breaking down, according to the National Weather Service. The only good thing about a strong, stubborn, dry, high-pressure system is that it eventually has to move out. And when it does, it’s usually due to a massive, approaching storm. By Sunday afternoon, the high was already moving out of Colorado, as a low pressure was slamming into the West Coast. “You need a fairly strong low-pressure system [to budge a strong high pressure], which this one is,” said Chris Cuoco, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. That storm should hang around the West throughout much of the week, churning out a series of disturbances.A few flurries may move in this afternoon and light snow should fall off and on through Tuesday, ahead of the brunt of the moisture. “It will be relatively spotty,” Cuoco said. But stronger energy will move into Aspen by midweek, and according to Cuoco “it has potential for being a pretty good snow producer.” Waves of snow could spiral into the state for several days.”It looks like it will continue through the weekend, one little trough after another rotating through,” Cuoco said. “It’s definitely a large pattern change.” Most of western Colorado got off to a pretty snowy start this season, but the long-lasting high has caused the snowpack in most locales to drop below average. “But this storm coming through here will hopefully boost that back above average, or at least average for this time of year,” Cuoco said. Itching for a road trip? Head to Utah, where storm totals in the Wasatch may be measured in feet by the weekend.


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