Just like anything in life, there are ups and downs in the weather. When one area of the country is snowy, the other is usually dry, and visa versa. Often times, a snowy or dry weather pattern can last for 2-4 weeks, so as we enter a drier pattern it can sometimes be a bit scary to realize that we’re not sure when it’s going to end. However, this is not the case with the current dry weather pattern as I’m confident that it will come to an end by next week. So enjoy this week of bluebird skies and sunny weather and then prepare for more snow.
There could be a rogue storm that first brings snow to Tahoe on Sunday (January 6th) and to Colorado on Monday (January 7th), but the various weather computer models are not agreeing on this storm so I really don’t know what is going to happen. Oddly, I’m more confident of the 7-day forecast and a big storm hitting Colorado about January 10th than I am about the 4-5 day forecast with this rogue storm on Sunday/Monday. At best, Tahoe and Colorado could see some early-week snow on Sunday/Monday, but just consider this a bonus storm if it does materialize.
The real deal arrives next Thursday and should bring good accumulations to Colorado from Thursday night through Friday, January 11th. This storm will also usher in a new weather pattern with a moist and chilly flow from the northwest bringing chances of snow to Colorado every day or two through at least mid month. Tahoe could be just on the drier side of this new storm track, but we’re talking about a 12+ day forecast, so slight changes are likely and let’s hope those changes bode well for Tahoe.
Enjoy the snow!
Meteorologist Joel Gratz is the founder and CEO of opensnow.com and is based in Boulder, Colo.