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Ha!  The NWS is doubling down on my 6500' call :)

Key Messages ➔ Red Flag Warning in effect today ➔ Significant heavy, wet snow Fri-Sat. ➔ Most confident in heavy wet snow above 6,500 ft elevation ➔ Much uncertainty remains for elevations below 6,500 ft in terms of snow accumulation

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The thing that really, REALLY makes this weird is what a dramatic change this is. It's one thing if it's the tail end of a snowy, cold season. But I think this is only about Denver's third Winter Storm Warning of the whole season; we've had more fires than we have winter storms this year; the last measurable snow at KDEN was MARCH 16th; and May is averaging +3 to +4 F compared to climatology around the area. Just completely incongruous.

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all right. here we go. High temps on 5/19. not shown on this plot are high temps of about 86-91 in the Denver metro area.

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down to 42 degrees. There is a bit of drizzle

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Updated list, and people can put predictions, snow totals and number of branches down when all is said and done:

ValpoVike: 7310'

Smokeybandit: 6300'

Skierinvermont 5700'

Mayjawintastawm: 5650' guessing 5.8" (will depend on my kids measuring, so likely inaccurate) 

N1vek: 5500'

Chinook: 5110'

CoScifan: 5105'

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16 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

I can't believe NWS had me in the 12-18" last night.  Plenty of needed precip is falling, but I'd be surprised if more than couple sloppy inches accumulates.

OK I lied.

There's about 10" on the ground this morning which means we probably got nearly 12".  Damn impressive.

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It is a challenge to estimate this snowfall, but I think we likely received 16”. Although the most depth that I measured was 9.5”.  Good accumulation Thursday overnight that melted…more on Friday that melted…and a very decent amount last night.  I think my 6500’ call was busted.

edit: my weather station logged 1.51” precip since Thursday.

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Max depth on my deck was 4” but it was melting the whole way at 5500’ in Arvada. Snapped the crown off a maple in the backyard and have several other large limbs on the ground/roof. 

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I think I got less than 1" on the trees and the grass. I think I got over 0.75" on precipitation. According to the NWS, I guess my area still has "Chance Snow Showers then Slight Chance T-storms" tonight.

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7 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

This is by far the shortest loiter time I've ever seen on a major snowstorm.

 

Most of it is all melted already.

Crazy how fast it melts in May. A few years ago we received 44” on May 19th and by the end of the following day it was all gone and 75 degrees  

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Colorado Springs to the Palmer Divide probably had a lot of broken tree branches. I really don't know for sure. I think Denver got 1.20" of precipitation.

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I was away on a trip. Then I came back to DIA and got my car and all this rain happened. So, not very fun driving. It was 42 degrees. Major shock. It was 90 degrees when I left DIA. 

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Late entry: we got about 6" from the snow event and lost much of a 40 year old ash tree in our front yard along with power loss for 27 hours. Yuck. Over the last 6 days we've had just about another inch of rain. Total melted precipitation in May was almost 3 inches! I've been traveling 10 of the last 12 days so didn't see much of it.

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