Climate Prediction Center
It’s a Colorado icon during late summer and early fall and thousands upon thousands flock to the high country for a view.
It’s all thanks to an El Niño that developed in early March.
One year ago the region was gripped by a multi-year drought that created conditions similar to those of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
Forecasters say a strengthening El Niño will last through the summer and potentially beyond but what that means for Colorado isn’t clear.
While there is still time for snow to accumulate in the mountains, the window of opportunity is closing fast.
The northern hemisphere will officially welcome the new season at 4:45 p.m. MDT on Friday, Mar. 20.
El Niño is a warming of sea surface temperatures in the western and central Pacific Ocean which can have an impact on global climate patterns.
The latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center indicates the monsoon might stick around well into the month ahead.
The latest extended outlook shows Colorado on the edge of below normal weather as we head into the month of August.
Ski resorts have been welcoming snow after going through a drier-than-normal season in much of the state last winter.