With a very cold air mass in place, precipitation amounts this high could very well result in as much as 1-3 feet of snow in the Denver metro region and in the corridor to the north to Cheyenne and even higher amounts in the foothills to the west. The potential of significant snow this weekend extends from Colorado/Wyoming to western sections of South Dakota and Nebraska. It has been an interesting winter season in Cheyenne as they actually recorded their lowest maximum temperature on record for so late in the season about a month ago (on Valentine’s Day) when the high temperature peaked out at 7 degrees below zero (F). The heaviest snowstorm on record in Cheyenne is 25.6” which took place from November 19-21, 1979 and the upcoming weekend storm could approach these amounts. In addition to the snow, winds will become quite a factor by later Saturday in the Rocky Mountains with gusts to 50 mph possible continuing into the day on Sunday. Yet another strong trough of low pressure could move across this same part of the country early next week potentially resulting in additional significant snowfall.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian
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