Colorado weather forecast: More rain expected, doesn't help drought

9:53 PM, Apr 25, 2011   |    comments
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Denver International Airport has reported 1.01 inches of rain so far.

Unfortunately, that number is still well below average and not enough to significantly improve dry conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most locations along and east of Interstate 25 in Colorado remain under a severe drought.

On Sunday night, an upper-level disturbance pushed rain showers along the Front Range and snow through Colorado's high country. Many locations near Denver saw a little more than .25 inches of precipitation.

However, the Front Range needs to see a lot more rain to catch up on the lack of moisture since Jan. 1. According to Denver's official weather station at DIA, the Front Range is 1.46 inches below average for the year in precipitation.

While the plains will see a few showers over the next few days, mountain areas continue to get slammed with moderate to heavy snowfall.

For the mountains west of Vail Pass, 8 to 16 inches of new snowfall is forecast by late Tuesday night.

From Crested Butte into the northern San Juans, 12 to 18 inches of new snow is expected.

For the Front Range and northern mountains, elevations above 9,000 feet are expecting 6 to 12 inches of new snowfall by the time this new storm moves out early Wednesday morning.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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