Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Sunday, April 21

Date: 04/21/2019

Warm temperatures and cloudy. Mmmm don’t you love spring? After partly cloudy sky last night, clouds will continue to thicken today. A low-pressure system will continue working its way west and south of us and spinning moisture up our way. This thing doesn’t have a great moisture tap and will send drier air our way at times too. Such as this afternoon when we may see a decrease in the cloud cover.

We can keep the forecast for the next several days fairly general. As we’re not really on either side of the line with this passing storm. Springtime unsettled weather would be the best way to try and boil it all down. We’ll get plenty of clouds, a few snow flurries, and even some sun at times over the next couple days. By mid-week, the next ridge of high pressure looks to help clear up the clouds and unsettled weather.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 40 to 44
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 25 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 37 to 41
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Saturday, April 20

Date: 04/20/2019

The ridge of high-pressure is on its way east. Goodbye Ridge, you sure gave us some great spring skiing. What’s next you eagerly ask? Well! Clouds baby! Saturday will start out beautiful and clear. Then clouds will be on the increase today as the next low-pressure trough pushes moisture into the area. High temperatures look similar to yesterday, stretching into the high 40’s in the mountain and 50’s down in the valleys.

This low pressure doesn’t look to bring much in the way of snow as it moves through the area in the coming days. Some chances of snow for our area here or there, but mostly just unsettled springtime weather. Dryer weather and another ridge look to move over the area by the middle of next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 46 to 50
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WSW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 29 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 40 to 44
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Friday, April 19

Date: 04/19/2019

Another beautiful spring day is coming up. A ridge of high pressure is sliding over Colorado. As it continues to move over today we’ll see the pressure gradient decrees and today’s winds decrease as compared to yesterday. High temperatures yesterday were in the 37 to 40 degree range at 11,000ft. We’ll see those high temps increase another 5 to 7 degrees today. While at lower elevations we’ll see high temperatures reaching up around 50 degrees or even warmer down in the valleys.

Looks like we’ll see a poor freeze on Saturday morning. High temps on Saturday will increase another couple degrees and some high clouds look to move in during the later afternoon.

A small disturbance may bring a dusting of snow on Saturday night. Clouds continue to hang out on Sunday as a larger low-pressure system moves on in. Unsettled weather with some snow will then start off next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 44 to 48
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 29 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 46 to 50
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WSW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 04/18/2019

The low-pressure system that brought clouds and a few snowflakes the past two days has now exited to the east of Colorado. Much like yesterday, the area will continue to sit under a cooler, but dry northwest flow. Expect air temperatures to warm a few degrees from yesterday, skies to be mostly clear, and gusty ridgetop winds. A ridge of high-pressure will slide into the area on Thursday evening and linger through the first part of Saturday. The ridge will bring some of the warmest temperatures of the spring under clear skies. Unsettled weather looks to make a return on Saturday afternoon and last through Monday with two systems impacting the area. The second system in this set may bring accumulating snowfall to the area.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 37 to 42
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 22 to 27
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, NW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 44 to 49
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, W
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 04/17/2019

The low-pressure system responsible for the unsettled weather is currently centered over the California/Arizona border this morning with the trough axis forecasted to pass over the area by this evening. The system should track over central New Mexico leaving the CB area well north of what little energy is available. Overall this system continues to look unimpressive and will struggle to produce accumulating snowfall for the area. Today you can expect the possibility of some light snow showers with a couple of inches if we are lucky and light westerly winds with some gusting.
As the low-pressure passes by this evening, a ridge will build immediately behind. Thursday, Friday, and the first half of Saturday will be clearer and warmer with a return to beautiful spring weather. Models are predicting a return to unsettled weather for Saturday evening continuing into Monday but we will see how that plays out in the coming days.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 37 to 42
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 19 to 24
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, NW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 39 to 43
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 04/16/2019

The beautiful weather from yesterday did not last long as today we transition back to a couple of days with unsettled weather. A low-pressure system is currently off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and is set to push on shore. This system will head towards the desert southwest during the day, and begin to push moisture into the area. Temperatures look a bit cooler today as compared to yesterday with mostly cloudy sky cover. Today you can expect some very light snowfall with a better chance of accumulating snow this evening and tonight. Overall this system looks to be fairly weak with snow totals in the 2″ to 6″ range by the end of the day on Wednesday. As the system passes by the area on Tuesday night, expect the flow to turn northwesterly and bring cooler temps on Wednesday. The northwest flow may keep light snow production going for the terrain to the west and north of town on Wednesday.

A ridge of high-pressure should develop over the area for Thursday and Friday with warmer and clearer skies but by Saturday, the unsettled weather looks to make a return under split flow. Snowfall does not look impressive for the weekend, but maybe a slight refresh.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 38 to 43
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 21 to 26
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3″
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 35 to 40
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, NNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Monday, April 15

Date: 04/15/2019

We were on the line with where the clouds set up yesterday and got slapped in the face when we fell to the wrong side. Today, moisture is again streaming towards Northern Colorado while models are showing dry air over Central and Southern Colorado. Satellite view current conditions at 5am this morning shows some clouds forming off of other mountain ranges in the upstream flow. Spring weather has been fickle and difficult to nail down lately, but I’m going to hedge my bets that by noon we’ll have mostly clear sky overhead for the rest of the day.

The pressure gradient remains tight overhead and we will again see those strong gusty winds in the alpine. They may die down a bit this morning, but expect them to pick up throughout the day. Those winds will help keep upper elevations feeling cooler, while high temperatures at 11,000ft will climb near 40 degrees.

The flow turns southwest by late this afternoon ahead of the next low-pressure trough. Warmer air will be streaming up overnight and we’ll see little to no freeze in the mountains. Clouds will be on the increase Tuesday as that low pressure moves it. On Tuesday Night and Wednesday that system moves well to our south leaving poor snow accumulations for our area. The next little storm moves in from the north on Thursday and looks to mostly stay to our east. Dry air moves back in for Friday and Saturday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 38 to 42
    Winds/Direction: 12 to 22, G40, West
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 31 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 38 to 42
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Sunday, April 14

Date: 4/14/2019

Convective clouds really kicked off yesterday and produced a couple inches of snow. The sky has cleared overnight with the loss of daytime heating and drier air. For Sunday and Monday, moisture will mainly stay to our north and stream over northern Colorado. We could still see some convective clouds and cells move through, but in general, we’ll see partly cloudy sky on Sunday and continued clearing for Monday. Winds will become a bit gustier this afternoon and continue to stay slightly elevated into Monday. High temperatures each day should also increase 3 to 5 degrees from the previous day.

The next low-pressure trough will be making its way across the western US on Tuesday. By Tuesday night we’ll see a return to winter with snow showers starting up and an associated cold front bringing a drop in temperatures. This next storm doesn’t look too impressive at the moment, but still looks to produce a nice refresh on snow and keep the good spring riding going!

  • Today

    High Temperature: 32 to 36
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 20 to 24
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 36 to 40
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Saturday, April 13

Date: 04/13/2019

A large trough is currently hanging out over the Intermountain West. Moisture associated with this trough has the potential to keep partly to mostly cloudy sky in our area for Saturday. As of 5am a thick band of clouds is passing through Western Colorado. We should see upper level clearing behind this band of clouds around sunset, though low valley clouds are showing up and will take longer to dissipate. After any cleaning this morning, daytime heating and convection may turn the available moisture into clouds and take us back to somewhere around partly cloudy for the day. High temperatures today only look to hit around 32 degrees in the mountains, but that strong April Sun will make it feel much warmer.

Dry air moves into the area for Saturday night as a weak ridge builds in for the next few days. This ridge looks to keep most of the available moisture just to our north. It’s looking like some sunny weather for Sunday, but we could be right on the edge of those clouds to our north. High temperatures will increase a few degrees on Sunday. By Monday the flow will have turned southwest and we’ll see those temperatures take another good jump well above freezing in the mountains.

At the moment, a copy of the weather from last week looks to be the same forecast for this upcoming week. After dry weather to start off the week, a low-pressure trough sets up by the midweek. Bringing a return for snow showers and a cold front moving in to drop those temperatures back down.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 29 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 14 to 18
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 31 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover:
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 04/12/2019

The area will continue to remain under light NW flow for most of today before a weak system moves to the south of the area tonight. Light snow showers will continue for the first part of the day for upper elevation terrain near the Ruby Range. Accumulations will be minimal today. Winds will settle down from the past two days and blow from the west. Another system is headed for the Four Corners region this afternoon, but is relatively weak and is tracking south of our area. This system will bring some showery precipitation Friday night and Saturday but will provide little accumulating snow. A ridge of high pressure looks to develop Saturday evening and into Sunday bringing back some more spring-like weather on Sunday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 11 to 16
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, SE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 32 to 37
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″