This page was designed to give you a ‘big picture’ weather snapshot to help you plan outdoor outings around Colorado. Once you’ve made a decision that the forecast will cooperate be sure to download our FREE CBS4 Weather App for a hyper-local forecast. A link to this and the latest forecast can be found near the bottom of this page.
The main track for storms in the United States is often associated with the Jet Stream. The following shows where the strongest jet stream winds should be located over the next 48 hours. Yellows and reds indicate high wind and are usually associated with large, organized weather systems. In a state like Colorado, even light jet stream winds, indicated by the blue colors, can translate into an unsettled forecast.
Below is a loop of how clouds and precipitation have been progressing through the Central Rockies over the last 12 hours. This is helpful to see if there are areas of “organized” weather heading toward Colorado.
Our exclusive CBS4 Hour by Hour shows potential cloud and precipitation patterns for the next 36 hours. This computer model updates every three hours.
The following are projected highs and lows for the next 36 hours. These graphics are created by an automated process from a model and have not been tweaked by the forecaster on duty at CBS4, so you could potentially notice some variation at times from our current forecast.
The following Severe Thunderstorm Outlooks are issued by the Storms Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. It’s important to note that these outlooks are for widespread storm events that would typically be associated with cold fronts or large areas of low pressure. But in Colorado we can see afternoon thunderstorms reach severe levels even when the outlook doesn’t call for widespread severe weather.
You can get more information on the go with our FREE CBS4 Weather App. The interactive radar is a fantastic resource complete with lightning data, watch and warning information as well as storm tracks so you can see where individual storms are moving in real-time.