Snow will likely hit Colorado's mountain country this weekend, with storms stretching into next week for some parts of the state.
According to the National Weather Service, a chance of snow showers will start in the mountains on Friday afternoon, stretching into Saturday. This will likely be followed by a dry Sunday and another round of possible snow on Monday and Tuesday, favoring the high country, but also bringing the possibility of light accumulation to the Eastern Plains.
While the National Weather Service forecast isn't calling for any sort of wild snow total at this time, the forecasters at OpenSnow.com are thinking significant powder could hit some specific areas during this Friday to Tuesday stretch.
Though OpenSnow forecasters are calling for Friday and Saturday to bring lower accumulation totals, Joel Gratz has reported that the Sunday night to Tuesday round of snow could drop five to ten-plus inches on most Colorado mountains. It should come as no surprise to those familiar with Colorado's snowfall patterns that the Wolf Creek area will be most favored, expected to get up to 18 inches of snow over the next five days. See the full Colorado forecast from OpenSnow, including resort predictions and mapping here.
Wolf Creek Ski Area is in a part of the state that tends to get huge drops of snow on a regular basis. Located between Pagosa Springs and South Fork in southern Colorado, this resort is known for getting the highest average annual snowfall among resorts in the state.
While the mountains will be looking at some snow this weekend, other parts of the state will be warmer and dry.
Colorado Springs is looking at temperatures in the 50s on Saturday and 40s on Sunday with clouds present. Denver weather will be roughly the same.
Weather in lower elevation areas of the Western Slope will be similar to that on the Front Range, though a bit warmer. Grand Junction is expected to hit 60 degrees on Saturday and the upper-50s on Sunday.