Pinpoint Weather Alert Day: Snow diminishing, difficult travel statewide

Mountains have snow on the way, need 60-100 inches to be average

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DENVER — In Wednesday’s statewide snowpack update, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reports Colorado is 4 inches below the average snow water equivalent.

Four inches might not sound significant, but it is a lot of water and roughly equates to 60 to 100 inches of snowfall in the mountains.

In that reference, 60 to 100 inches of snow is significant.

The northern mountains have some expected snowfall the next five days.

Yet, it will not be enough to make up much of the deficit for the state as the storm will favor northern ranges.

Starting early Thursday morning, a northwesterly wind flow will continue over the area and this produces a favorable snowfall pattern for those mountain ranges in northern Colorado, namely the Flat Tops, Park Range, Medicine Bow Range and parts of the Gore Range.

Steamboat Resort will typically come away as the winner in snowfall in these patterns.

This pattern does ease into next week but at least it is something for now.

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