Our most recent snow storm reinforced the fact that weather forecasts can change in the blink of an eye, which can ultimately have major impacts across the Front Range. Looking back, we definitely needed a better outlet to communicate more timely information to our readers as models shifted in the final hours leading up to the event. We detail a new site feature that will be rolling out alongside our next major winter storm, the BoulderCAST Live Blog.
The BoulderCAST Live Blog is a new type of post that will activate in the hours leading up to a high-impact weather event and persist until its conclusion. BoulderCAST meteorologists will post up-to-the-minute information on the storm, including forecast adjustments, current conditions across the Front Range, and other important details. Look for them pinned to the top our homepage when the next blizzard is knocking on our doorstep!
LIVE BLOG EXAMPLE:
Saturday April 16, 2016 2:33 PM
Snow has lightened up in Boulder for the moment. Heavier bands will push in from the east shortly though. Roads are “just wet” everyone town.
Saturday April 16, 2016 1:45 PM
Highway 72 near Ward snow-packed. 12-24″ has already fallen above 7,500 feet. More live webcams available at BoulderCAST Webcams.
Saturday April 16, 2016 1:37 PM
Moderate snow falling in North Boulder. 33 degrees. ~3.5″ so far of accumulation. ~2″ snow depth.
Saturday April 16, 2016 10:21 AM
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Saturday April 16, 2016 10:10 AM
Heavy snow falling in North Boulder. Sticking on sidewalks/roads in places.
Saturday April 16, 2016 9:46 AM
Latest HRRR shows the heaviest snow will remain over east Denver through midnight, with about ~5″ in Boulder.
The lesser values in NE Boulder County are because the HRRR has rain mixing back in after 2pm…
Saturday April 16, 2016 8:36 AM
We’ve adjusted snow forecasts. It going to be hard to get much additional cooling during the day with the sun. The locations from Boulder into Longmont will have the highest likelihood of rain mixing back in this afternoon.
These totals are through Sunday morning:
- Boulder: 5-12″
- Area northeast of Boulder, including Longmont area: 4-8″
- Rest of Denver Metro: 7-14″
- Foothills above 7,000 feet: 18-36″
- Foothills below 7,000 feet: 8-18″
Saturday April 16, 2016 8:10 AM
As of 7am, Boulder officially recorded 0.56″ of precipitation and 0.2″ of snow
Saturday April 16, 2016 7:31 AM
The late change over will eat into our snow totals a little.. but there is still a lot of storm ahead of us. The latest runs of the GFS and NAM have moderate to heavy snow continuing in Boulder area through midnight tonight, with light snow lingering into Sunday morning.
Saturday April 16, 2016 7:17 AM
A look at current temperatures across the region. Warm area (where rain is still present or mixing in) circled in red.
Saturday April 16, 2016 7:13 AM
It took at little extra time in Boulder, but rain has finally changed over to snow! The northerly flow coming down the south side of the Cheyenne Ridge has created and east-west oriented warm wedge from the downslope, visible in the radar loop below.
Friday April 15, 2016 8:59 PM
Shown below is the moisture content of the atmosphere this evening. Notice the path from the Gulf of Mexico to Colorado. To get to Denver, it crosses right through SE Colorado where severe thunderstorms were occurring earlier this evening.
This line of storms likely contributed to the lull in the action here this evening, as moisture was mostly consumed before it could reach westward to us.
As the storms head east and begin to die down, moisture will funnel back in, causing an increase in precipitation for our region after midnight.
Friday April 15, 2016 7:49 PM
0.15″ of rain already measured in North Boulder.
Down to 40 degrees now.
Friday April 15, 2016 7:46 PM
Lull in the action over the last hour or two. Precipitation will pick back up again shortly according to the HRRR.
Friday April 15, 2016 5:18 PM
Turning into a winter wonderland in the Foothills above 7,500 feet as moderate to heavy snow continues to fall.
This live image is from near Nederland.