Denver Snow, Freeze-Up This Weekend

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
December 8, 2012; 8:25 AM ET
Share |

A push of cold air and a moderate storm system will bring snow to the the Rockies, as well as a freeze-up to part of the High Plains this weekend.

Cold air will take the plunge from north to south over part of the Great Basin, the Rockies and High Plains this weekend. Temperatures will be slashed by 20 to 40 degrees across the region, when compared to much of this past week.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "Around Denver and many other locations along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, this will bring the coldest weather of the season so far and since early last February."

As is sometimes the case with a press of cold air, snow will fall during the transition.

"While a huge amount of snow is not forecast, up to a few inches of snow from Cheyenne, southward to Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo can partially melt then quickly freeze later Saturday into Saturday night," Clark said.

Even a light coating of snow followed by a rapid freeze up can make for very slippery, dangerous travel.

The storm will split into two parts. One will veer eastward across the northern Plains. Another will drop southward across the southern Rockies and southern Plains.

A half a foot of snow or more could fall on some of the ski resorts in Colorado, Utah and northern New Mexico Saturday night into Sunday. But, it all depends on how much of the moisture remain with the southern storm system.

Thumbnail image by Photos.com.

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A

WeatherWhys®

This Day In Weather History

Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."

Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.

Columbus, OH (1979)
This is the first year in 101 years of record keeping at Columbus in which the temperature has not reached 90 degrees by July 23rd.

Rough Weather