“The northern portions of Colorado’s mountains will probably see heavier snow.” – Mike Nelson, ABC Denver 7
The Denver Channel thinks that northern Colorado is going to see a colder, snowier winter and that southern Colorado is going to see a warmer, drier winter.
Denver Channel Winter Outlook:
- Northern Colorado: Snowy & Cold
- Southern Colorado: Warm & Dry
- Denver: 60″ of Snow this Winter
Accuweather and Farmers’ Almanac 2016/17 winter outlooks below:
According to the AccuWeather Winter Weather Outlook, Colorado is expected to see an average winter this year, with periods of intermittent cold and stormy weather affecting the majority of Colorado resorts. The exception being in places like Telluride, Silverton, and Purgatory. It’s going to be cold in the Northern Rockies which could create dangerous avalanche conditions as the winter season progresses. Look for resort skiing to provide good coverage all winter long as snow sticks and stays on the slopes.
According to the Winter Weather Predictions 2016-2017 Old Farmers Almanac, winter temperatures will be above normal in Colorado and precipitation will be a bit below normal. The coldest periods will be in December and mid- to late January. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods occurring in late November, early and mid-December, and mid-January.
Keep in mind these are all predictions and as you may know if you’ve lived near the Rocky Mountains for a while, the weather is very hard to predict around here. The weather can change at any moment, so we just got to keep our fingers crossed that this will be a good season for skiing and snowboarding.