Currently in Denver - January 25th, 2023

The weather, currently.

50% chance of snow in the morning and 10% chance in the afternoon for Wednesday, January 25th. 

Well, it looks like the weather apps have caught up to what I was saying was happening for Wednesday. An area of low pressure will come to Colorado on Wednesday and bring another chance of snow. This storm will be very similar to the storm we had on Monday where we saw just a dusting. So plan for the same scenario on Wednesday. Below is the our handy snowfall chart. I want to note, because this is very important, do not expect this entire amount to show up all at once. As your can see at the very top of the graphic below, this is the amount of snow you will see between 5 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Thursday. Some folks have the expectation that this will be what they see when they look out their window after waking up. That is not what this means. This means, you will see snow happen and accumulate, stop snowing, and then snow a little again and accumulate to come up with the total stated in the image below at the end.

Here's your Wednesday in detail:

1) In the morning we see flurries. Temperatures will be cold with teens by sunrise 7:14 a.m.

2) There's still a small chance of flurries for the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the low 30s.

3) For the evening, the snow will be done. We switch to mostly sunny skies on Thursday before our next round of snow comes for the weekend. More on that in coming newsletters.

Activity forecast: Stick to being outside in the afternoon with a winter coat. Trust me. Unless you like walking in flurries. Then go for it!

Mountain forecast: More snow is in the forecast for some parts of the mountains. Please refers to the graphic above for how much for what mountain range. We see a break in snow on Thursday before you see more snow again on Friday.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

California remains in a drought despite weeks of historic—and devastating—flooding and rainfall.

Before this series of storms, the state didn’t get a drop of this winter. These prolonged dry conditions led California into a mega-drought, leaving its lakes and reservoirs at critically low levels. Now, most of the state’s reservoirs are holding more water than usual for this time of year but still, groundwater isn’t replenished just yet. When it comes to water use, the state’s debt is far too deep.

“California had all of this water stored in its groundwater aquifers. And as the drought dragged on over the last decade…taking withdrawals out of that groundwater bag that they had,” Geeta Persad, an assistant professor in the University of Texas Department of Geological Sciences, told KXAN News. “Over time, they’ve basically gotten themselves into the red with their groundwater aquifers. Now, that other form of natural storage that they had, is really, really drawn down, so it’s gonna take a long time for that to rebuild.”

She continued: “The storms that we’re seeing right now, most of that water is flowing out into the ocean, rather than going into the aquifers because of how extreme that rainfall is.”

In other words, the rainfall was just not enough to get California out of the red.

And now that the shock of the January storms has surpassed, Los Angeles County must clean its reservoirs, particularly the five along the south-facing San Gabriel Mountain slope. They’re filled with mud and debris and pose a flood risk to the communities below. Another storm could release more dirt and trees, triggering dirty floodwaters into the cities of Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pacoima, Sun Valley, and Sunland.

The National Weather Service’s total precipitation amounts from the three-week-long series of storms are listed below:

  • 36.18” Santa Cruz
  • 34.80” Cazadero
  • 31.34” Felton
  • 30.51” Boulder Creek
  • 28.51” Guerneville
  • 27.97” Los Gatos
  • 26.95” Kentfield
  • 26.67” Healdsburg
  • 18.33” Oakland
  • 17.64” Downtown San Francisco
  • 15.28” SFO International Airport

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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