Denver has received more than 40 inches of snow in the past two weeks. The governor declared a state of emergency after the first blizzard, which paralyzed holiday travel, stranded motorists and caused significant power outages. A second blizzard hit only a week later and caused more of the same problems. Today, president Bush authorized federal funding and support for Colorado, as thousands were still left without power.
So, now it's time to clean up the mess and get back to business as usual, right? Not really. The coldest air of the winter season is heading south from Canada this week. It's making it's first move toward the Rockies and then will expand south and east into the plains states. As it does so, a low pressure system will be developing just south of Denver. As the low pressure develops, heavy snow will break out across Colorado. Right now it appears that Denver will be under the gun this Friday for another 12+ inches of snow before this storm is all said and done. To add to their problems, winds of 30-40 MPH will cause significant blowing and drifting of the snow once again. The city may end up with 50-60 inches of snowfall in a three week period.
Record snowfall in the southwest and record warmth over the eastern third of the country are combining to make this one of the wildest winters nationwide in recent memory.
To make things even more interesting, the weather models are suggesting that most of the country will be making the shift from record breaking warmth to record breaking cold over the next few weeks. The weather is always full of surprises!