Thursday, April 28, 2016
The next storm in the wave train brought 3/8” hail to Steamboat this afternoon with another round of lighter showers forecast for later this evening through about midnight. The Front Range foothills are still forecast to pick up substantial snow from tonight through Friday, making travel difficult.
Closer to home, Friday looks to be yet another showery day with another round of moderate to strong afternoon storms.
The last storm in the near term, forecast to cross the Pacific Northwest coast on Friday night and then take up residence in the Great Basin for the weekend and beginning of next week, will mix with energy from the previous storm spinning over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. The complicated interaction leads to subtle differences in the model which decreases forecast confidence heading into the weekend.
The dryer NAM keeps only afternoon showers around for the weekend while the wetter AVN has more persistent showers for Saturday.
The Great Basin storm is forecast to move over our area around Monday, though a bit further south than earlier forecast, leading to a drier forecast for Sunday with the sun making an appearance, though there will still be a chance of afternoon storms.
The storm waffles around the area before parts of it start moving east of our area around Tuesday, bringing a cool and showery Monday and keeping the threat of showers high for Tuesday as well, especially in the afternoon.
Wednesday and Thursday and possibly Friday should bring a nice springtime break in the active weather with warming and drying. However, yet another large storm looks to affect our weather sometime around Mother’s Day weekend.