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KOAA Survey: Are you looking forward to seeing snow in the mountains?

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Aug 19, 2021

While there's not much snow heading to the mountains, a dusting is most likely for peaks above 13,000 feet. There will perhaps be some wet flakes falling as low as 11,000 feet with no accumulation.

News5 would like to know, are you looking forward to seeing snow in the mountains?

80% Yes
20% No

We're following this survey throughout the day and into tomorrow. Tune in to News5 at 4 p.m. as we review the results!

Editor's note: This survey is not based on scientific, representative samples and is solely for KOAA purposes.

Snow on the way

The most likely areas for accumulation are the Collegiate peaks and the Sawatch Range, the Elk Mountains, and the Longs Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park areas.

The associated cold front to this system will mostly bring rain, from Montana to Utah and western Colorado. A flash flood watch has been issued for western Colorado.

Unfortunately, this storm will stay too far north for southern Colorado to feel a significant change. But, a cool down of about 10 degrees is expected between Wednesday and Friday with increasing clouds.

This first sniff of the season's change comes from a dip in the polar jet stream into the northern Rockies.

As a general rule of thumb, the polar jet stays closer to the Arctic circle in the summer and will migrate south to the mid-latitudes in the winter. The jet stream is on the move between these positions during our transitional seasons of fall and spring.

Waves in the jet stream bring daily and weekly variability with high and low-pressure systems.

This week's storm in the northern Rockies marks the slow transition of the polar jet as it moves south for winter.


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