|Snow depth the morning of April 16, 2013|
|48 hour snowfall accumulation ending |
the morning of April 16, 2013
The snow in Colorado yesterday was produced by another low moving across the Great Basin. This setup is ideal for snow along the Front Range. Easterly flow resulting from the low to the west and strong high pressure to the northeast forces the air to rise as it encounters the Rockies, condensing the moisture and producing precipitation.
|Surface map for 2:00 a.m. EDT April 15, 2013|
|CoCoRaHS snowfall in Fort Collins, CO April 16|
Snow in the Denver area ranged from around 4 inches east of the city to 12 to 24 inches in the higher terrain west of Denver, with 24.5 inches of snow reported by a CoCoRaHS observer in Golden (CO-JF-267).
|CoCoRaHS snowfall for the Denver Metro area, April 16|
And it isn't over yet. The system that brought the snow to Colorado will be lifting out to the northeast, and winter storm warnings are in effect for portions of Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Winter weather advisories are in effect for parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.
|Watches, warnings, and advisories effective 10:00 a.m. MDT April 16|
If there is a silver lining to all of this it is that the moisture from these snows will certainly help provide some relief from the drought conditions that exist across the central and western U.S.
piled up in parts of Colorado and the Dakotas.