Colorado snow bullseye

Tomer’s Take:

  • A major late May snowstorm is on track with the biggest overall totals falling across Colorado’s Foothills and Continental Divide above 6,000ft.
  • This cold front will first slide south through MT and WY with minor snow accumulation.
  • Strong wind precedes this storm system.

Current Setup

Infrared satellite shows the storm track. The low pressure across the northern tier is dragging a major cold front. That’s the cold front headed for MT, WY, and CO.

Infrared satellite 5/19/2022 6am.

Forecast Snow

Let’s talk bullseyes. Here’s a look at Longs Peak (14,259′) in Colorado this morning. I’m forecasting 24-36″ on Longs between Friday-Saturday.

This is a classic Front Range setup with major upslope orographic wind flow favoring the Divide-East in Colorado.

Longs Peak 5/19/2022.

Here are my forecast totals by day.

Snow (Inches)5/205/21
Longs Peak1515
Mount Bierstadt1515
Berthoud Pass128
Mount Elbert410
Peak 8 Breck412
Mount Harvard213
Crestone Peak28
Mount Sneffels12
Denver Metro22


There’s a 2nd much smaller storm system that slides through Colorado’s mountains between 5/22-5/23 with minor additional accumulation.

Inches of total snow 5/19-5/28.
Inches of total snow 5/19-5/28.

Wind Gust Forecast

Gust (MPH)5/195/205/21
Mount Sneffels556050
Crestone Needle656545
Longs Peak702020
Kings Peak603520
Grand Teton703015
Wheeler Peak556055

12 thoughts on “Colorado snow bullseye

  1. Jimbo Baldwin

    Any chance we see some of that precipitation in far Northern New Mexico (Taos area)? We are desperate.

    1. Theresa

      I’ve been watching your fire conditions closely. Praying you get rain or snow soon 🙏

  2. Kristi

    What about over on the northeastern plains of CO? What does our wind and snow look like?

    1. christomer Post author

      Remaining breezy today but then you’ll get a break from the wind Tuesday-Thursday. Last storm dropped mainly rain but a few areas saw 1-3 inches (Crook 8″ reported) of snow. Overall, great moisture.

  3. MDubs

    I have caught a handful of your videos on Youtube. Good stuff. However, it looks like the newest one on YT is 4 weeks old. Is that the best place to watch the latest?

    1. christomer Post author

      Thanks, Mike! I was doing those mainly for ski season. I might do some for Summer hiking/climbing. My YouTube channel is the best place to find them. Chris

  4. Hunter

    Hello Chris,

    Any thoughts on what the Sangre’s will receive precip wise out of this storm?

    1. christomer Post author

      Hi Hunter, this Monday-Tuesday storm system delivers 5-12″ of total snow on the spine of the Sangres from Culebra to Little Bear to the Crestone’s. Drier Wednesday. Upcoming weekend looks windy down there.

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