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Old 01-29-2013, 11:02 AM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Pueblo finally got snow! So far about 2-4 inches in the city more in the suburbs south and west of the city.

I took some pictures this morning as well.

This was my drive on Main Street from the lower downtown to up town.

Old 01-29-2013, 11:41 AM
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Only 2" in the foothills west of Boulder. We've only received 3" for the whole month.
Old 01-29-2013, 03:20 PM
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Wink In the mountains

This near Estes Park. Received maybe one inch of snow overnight; blue skies this morning. Due above freezing highs lately of 40 something, the road that was white this morning now clear and more or less dry. In January, when otherwise and normally this road would have already been white, and remained as such.

The new snow is melting, along with the little still extant from previous storms. Of late it has seemed more like April or May, and spring.

Nice the very highest high country is reported to have received more. Although I'm looking at a webcam of downtown Frisco, and it appears they received maybe an inch or two of snow overnight, with main street mostly just wet. From this one vantage that seems the predominant weather pattern there this winter: regularly every few days with a light dusting to an inch or so of snow, not much more. This largely melting back on sidewalks in the sun, before next snow. The surrounding mountains remain white, presumably with a greater accumulation.
Old 01-29-2013, 08:20 PM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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One inch downtown CoS.
Old 01-30-2013, 10:49 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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A prolonged snowfall event is expected for the northern mountains of western Colorado today through Thursday. Periods of snow, heavy at times, can be expected through this period over the Elkheads, Park and Gore ranges, Flattops, the Steamboat Springs Valley, as well as Vail Pass, Aspen and the surrounding Elk Mountains. Snow totals over this period will be in the one to two feet range with locally higher amounts approaching 30 inches in the mountains north of Interstate 70. Temperatures will be colder today with light snow occurring over the rest of the mountain areas. Snow will gradually come to an end Thursday evening, with high pressure moving in for the weekend, providing dry conditions and gradually warming temperatures.
Old 01-30-2013, 11:19 AM
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:31 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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While Jan 2013 was the 5th coldest avg temp for Grand Junction in any Jan (14.3 degrees), it was also the 5th coldest month ever on record.
Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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Ironically, the reason that the western valleys have been so cold in January is because of . . . drum roll here . . . THE DROUGHT! Simply stated, for most all of January, most of the western United States has been locked under a dome of cold, dry high pressure. That kind of stable high pressure system minimizes wind in the western valleys, which allows the air therein to stagnate and remain cold. Over on the Eastern Slope, the effect is just the opposite--the high pressure system causes frequent downslope winds to blow off of the Continental Divide--the famed Chinooks--that warm temperatures and keep the air mixed in the areas along the Front Range.

When temperatures moderate in the western valleys is when one of two things happen: a low-pressure storm system approaches that breaks down the persistent high-pressure system, or the the air in the high-pressure system begins to moderate as overall temperatures warm from lengthening daylight hours and the gradual disappearance of snowcover in the valleys. The latter occurred pretty quickly a few days ago in the western valleys when a sizable storm system passed over the area that contained a lot of warm air. Air temperatures moderated enough that existing snowcover melted and the precipitation from the storm that did fall came down as rain in the lower elevations. Air temperatures dropped after the storm as high pressure rebuilt, but the snowcover in the valleys was gone, which has allowed more surface warming of the air. As winter heads toward spring, that surface warming from increased hours of sunlight will eventually be enough to overcome the capping effect of the inversion and the inversion will break.

The sad part is that the drought is still here, and is likely to remain so--that is far more troubling than the winter temperatures and portends real bad trouble for Colorado this summer.
Old 02-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Given that the snow pack is at 75% I am not as concerned as I was about a month ago. Especially since the snowiest months are yet to come.
Old 02-02-2013, 10:07 AM
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January 2013:

Precip Totals: This is moisture equivalent of the snow-

Grand Junction: .61
Craig: .71
Aspen: .51
Montrose: .57
Durango: 1.74

Average temp from normal:

Grand Junction: -13.1 degrees
Craig: -9.1
Aspen: -3.3
Montrose: -8.0
Durango: -7.4
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