The Avalanche had been in the midst of a winter storm that dumped 2.4 inches of snow in Colorado, but it was down to a few feet by the time it hit the plains late Saturday.
But that was enough for a quick snowfall that could have had far-reaching consequences.
Avalanche experts at the National Weather Service in Denver say that was just a drop in the bucket compared to the avalanche that hit Colorado earlier this week.
“We’re going to see a significant increase in snowfall for a very short time.
It was not the largest avalanche in our memory,” said meteorologist Mike Moseley.
That event was also followed by a snowfall of 10 to 15 feet, and Mosely said there is no evidence that this is a normal seasonal pattern.
“It was a significant snowfall,” he said.
“I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of that this year.
We’ll probably see the same pattern.
And if that pattern continues, we may see more than a few inches of that.”
As a general rule, it is difficult to predict the snowfall from the Colorado snowfall.
But the weather service said that the avalanche had the potential to change how we think about the state.
It has been known to create significant changes in the climate that can last for years.
“In the past, snowfall has been a key factor in the ability to monitor climate change,” Mosellys said.
The snowfall Saturday, however, was far from a normal winter storm.
A storm that typically brings snow to the Northeast in late October or early November usually does not bring snow to Colorado until March.
“The snow was a bit of a surprise,” Masellys told Ars.
“A lot of people don’t realize that Colorado’s been a winter state since the mid-1990s, and that’s because the average precipitation is only about a third of normal.”
For this year, Moseleys said, there were more snowfalls in the Rockies and the Southwestern part of the state than normal.
The National Weather Services said that this season was the driest on record, and they say that is the result of the snow.
“There’s no question that this snow is very heavy, it’s very heavy because it was a very dry winter,” Macellys added.
“But it’s not just because the snow is heavy.
It’s because we’re going through a significant dry winter, and we have to deal with that.”
It has not been the first time that the Colorado avalanche has changed how we see the climate.
The last time a winter snowstorm hit the state was in 2013, which was followed by more snowfall and more snow in the Southwest.
That season also brought snowfalls of up to 5 feet in the Northeast and 3 feet in Colorado.