Spring time can be a funky season. For Oklahoma, we’re usually forecasting severe weather. But in Colorado, imagine forecasting severe weather and snow.
This past weekend, a weak impulse and enough forcing in the atmosphere, combined with just enough moisture lead to a healthy coating of snow in the Colorado Rockies. 4-8 inches seemed to be common above 9000 feet.
By looking at pictures from the area, the roads, other than a bit slushy were good to drive on. But, is this abnormal? Not really. I have been in snow events in Colorado even in July and August. I once climbed Grays Peak in 20 degree temps and snow, only to get off the mountain and hang in downtown Denver later that day with near 90 degree temps.
Still though, it’s always fun as a meteorologist to see how much the weather can change in just a few thousand feet.