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Date: 04/10/2018

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Mountain Weather for 11,000ft April 9, 2018

Date: 04/09/2018

We’re on the tail end of a shortwave trough passing through Northern Colorado. The mountains around Crested Butte are mostly seeing clouds from this disturbance but we could see another inch or so of snow early Monday morning. We’ll see breaking clouds today, especially in the afternoon with temperatures at 11,000ft climbing near freezing. A high-pressure ridge is pushing in by Tuesday bringing dry conditions and rising temperatures. Tuesday looks like a beautiful day to be in the mountains! Some clouds look to roll through on Wednesday then the next storm looks to line up for the end of the week around Thursday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 34
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 Northwest
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1 AM
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1 AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1 AM

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 42
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, West
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft April 8, 2018

Date: 04/08/2018

Thunder Snow!! As of 4:30am the cold front is currently dropping through the Elk Mountains with a few thunderstorms and lowering the snow line down below 10,000ft. We’ll see heavy precipitation and gusty winds as this front passes early Sunday morning. Precipitation will then decrease for Sunday with a few breaks in the clouds as drier air moves in from the northwest. A shortwave trough looks to pass to our north and east on Monday night keeping clouds in the forecast into Monday. A high-pressure ridge will then start building in and bring clear weather by Tuesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 34
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 gusts to 40, West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4 AM
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4 AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3 AM

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 34
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 Northwest
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft April 7, 2018

Date: 04/07/2018

Aaa, nothing like the tat tat of rain on the roof. My favorite….Not! Well, we had best get used to it because we are launching into a warm and wet storm. Northern California is getting slammed by an atmospheric river. That fire hose of moisture is going to make its way across the western US and line of for Colorado. Creating some intense precipitation late this afternoon and into Sunday morning. Warm air is also pushing into the area, raising the freezing level up high to around 11,500ft. So more tat tat tat on the roof today as we’ll see a mix of light rain and broken clouds. Much of the incoming moisture this afternoon and tonight will also fall as rain. Hopefully, the high precipitation rates around sunset help push the snow line down, but that snow/rain line could be around 11,000ft. A cold front will push into the area around 4 am on Sunday morning lowering the rain/snow line. The next much smaller storm looks to push through northern Colorado on Monday before a high-pressure ridge brings dry weather to our area on Tuesday.
Bottom line: We have a big storm lined up that is forecasted to bring significant snow accumulations above 12,000ft and rain below 11,000ft.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 38
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, West Southwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3, or just rain?
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 25
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25, West
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 6 to 12
    Elkton Snow: 6 to 12
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 6 to 12

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 34
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25, West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft April 6, 2018

Date: 04/06/2018

Here we go folks, this is going to be weird. The 2017/18 well below average winter is coming back in, as a hot wet mess. A big old plume of moisture will be streaming into Colorado through the weekend. We’ll see snowfall pick up this morning and last through the day with the rain/snow line rising toward 10,000ft this afternoon. Precipitation decreases on Saturday as warm air pushes in. Rain, rain, rain, ew. Hopefully not very much of it on Saturday as the freezing level will be near 12,000ft. Available moisture really picks up Saturday night and this is going to be the most fun part of this weather event to watch. We’re talking lots of precipitation in some big convective cells. Rain levels will be high before a cold front pushes in early on Sunday. The rain/snow line will drop back down on Sunday and snow intensity will really ramp up for a few hours as the cold front moves through. Precipitation looks to last through Monday before a high-pressure ridge moves in by Tuesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 34
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, West
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 to 6
    Elkton Snow: 4 to 6
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 29
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, West
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 3 to 5
    Elkton Snow: 3 to 5
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 40
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, West Southwest
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3″ above 11,500ft
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3″ above 11,500ft
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″ above 11,500ft

Mountain Weather April 5, 2018

Date: 04/05/2018

If you liked yesterday’s weather, then you’ll love today. More of the same on tap. High clouds, a bit of wind.
Tonight the action begins, albeit slowly. The irony is as thick as last winter’s snowpack. After a season with near record-setting dryness, here we are approaching closing weekend at the resort and we’ve got another approaching storm like the one two weeks ago with potentially record-setting moisture.
Here’s the breakdown: After midnight tonight through mid-day tomorrow 2-5″ of snow will fall, with rain lines near 9,000′. Tomorrow afternoon we get a lull in precipitation, with swampy warm conditions, and a chance for isolated thunderstorms. Saturday the atmospheric river begins to impact the area, first with exceptionally warm and moist air, then Saturday night into Sunday morning it’s an all-out alpine rager with very high precipitation rates. At the valley floors, we’ll see more rain, but near 12,000′ we could see a couple feet of snow falling overnight. Stay tuned, this season is going out with a bang.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 40
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, gusting to 30, West
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 30
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, West
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3″
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 40
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, West
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4″ in AM
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3″ in AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 2″ in AM

Mountain Weather April 4, 2018

Date: 04/04/2018

Today and Tomorrow offer fairly uneventful weather as we lead up to another significant round of moisture arriving Thursday night through Sunday.
For the short term, expect a continued warming trend, today warmer than yesterday and tomorrow warmer still. We’ll also see increasing high thin clouds this afternoon, then again tomorrow clouds will ramp up even more before the first snowflakes fall Thursday night into Friday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 38
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25, West
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 20
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 43
    Winds/Direction: 15-25, West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather April 3, 2018

Date: 04/03/2018

The cold front that whipped through last night left 4″ of new snow along the Elk Mountains, 2″ at the top of CBMR, and a paltry skiff here in town. Pre-frontal winds peaked yesterday afternoon with a high gust of 87 mph up on Scarp Ridge. Now that the front has blown through, we’re in for a beautiful and cool day, with moderate winds.
By tomorrow the temperatures will rebound back to well above freezing, with a few more clouds signaling the changes to come this weekend.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, gusting to 30, Northwest
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, West
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 40
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, gusting to 30, West
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft April 2, 2018

Date: 04/02/2018

Get ready for the wind baby, it’s going to get nasty out there later today. Let’s start with last night though, we had another week freeze above 11,000ft and mostly above freezing low temperatures at weather stations below that elevation. Looks like there were a few pockets of colder air. Today will start off with partly cloudy sky and climbing temperatures back near 40 degrees at 11,000ft. Then we will see the winds start ramping up as pressure gradients tighten ahead of a low-pressure trough. Westerly winds will be gusting into the 50s and up, with peak gusts being reached tonight. Those strong winds will also start mixing down into the valleys this afternoon. We could also see a dusting of snow towards the end of the day. A cold front will make its way into the area tonight and bring a big drop in temperatures tomorrow. Skys look to clear on Tuesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 45
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 G40, West
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 G 50, West Northwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: o to 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 28
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, West
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft April 1st, 2018

Date: 04/01/2018

Warm, windy and cloudy. Clouds increased yesterday afternoon and stayed overcast last night. With temperatures not dropping below freezing near and below 11,000ft. While west to southwest winds continue to stay strong and gusty at upper elevations. Satellite imagery shows clearing sky on the Colorado/Utah border at 4am that should continue to push into our area this morning. Otherwise, today’s weather should be similar to yesterday with partly cloudy sky, high temperatures at 11,000ft near 40 degrees and continued strong westerly winds. Monday afternoon could bring a dusting of snow at upper elevations, then temperatures will finally drop as cold front swings through on Tuesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 45
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 West
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 30
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 West Southwest
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 45
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 West Southwest
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0