Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/21/2020

Another clear, calm day is on tap for the Elk Mountains today. High clouds may drift into our area as the closed low in the southwest inches closer. this afternoon.   This weekend, the San Juans and more southerly mountains will be favored, but these closed low circulations are notoriously more fickle, and a slight change in trajectory to the north may produce more snow than the 3-6” currently expected by Sunday. Clouds will increase throughout the afternoon Saturday, with a decent shot of snowfall to be expected Sunday through early next week. A lot of uncertainty remains and details will hopefully align between models within the next 24 hours. Stay tuned.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/SW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 35 to 40
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Thursday 2/20

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/20/2020

Thursday is setting up to be a beautiful day. Clear sky, light winds, high temps in the mid-20’s and that strong sun making it feel even warmer. A brief high-pressure ridge will be overhead on Thursday and Friday. We may see a few clouds on Friday, but it is also looking like another wonderful day.

The next change in the weather will come from a low-pressure system that will be moving across California on Friday and pushing moister into Colorado on southwest flow by Saturday. At the moment, Saturday looks like increasing cloud cover with accumulating snow not starting until late Saturday. Winds will also be on the increase Saturday. Looks like we’ll have a nice refresh of snow by Sunday morning and snowfall contenting through Sunday. We’ll start looking at those numbers tomorrow morning.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 24 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12/NW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 14
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12/W
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 28 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15/w
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather For 11,000FT. Wednesday 2/19

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/19/2020

Today will bring increased cloud cover to the area as a very weak disturbance passes over southern Colorado. There is a chance for a couple of snowflakes to get squeezed out around Crested Butte in the afternoon but no accumulations are expected. A cooler air mass is working into the area dropping temperatures a few degrees from yesterday. Cloud cover will dissipate Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Mostly clear skies and warming temperatures will greet us for Thursday and Friday. A low-pressure system is expected to stumble towards the Four-Corners region on Saturday afternoonish and will bring with it the next chance at accumulating snowfall. Storm systems that track through the Four Corners region are generally no big snowfall producers for Crested Butte. We will keep an eye on the trajectory of this storm and keep you up to speed over the next couple of days.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 21 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18/WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″ – few flurries
    Elkton Snow: 0″-few flurries
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″-few flurries

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 3 to 7
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14/WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15/SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather For 11,000FT. Tuesday 2/18

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/18/2020

Another quick round of snowfall dropped 2 to 4 inches across the forecast area. Winds calmed a bit overnight but are back on the increase early this morning from the west. Snowfall continues to linger as of 5 AM but is forecasted to dissipate shortly after sunrise. Sky cover will be similar to yesterday with reasonable amounts of sun, but the highest terrain along the Ruby Range may continue to see a bit more cloud cover. Air temperatures will be cooler today than past days but will remain reasonable.

You can expect most of Tuesday and Wednesday to be dry with the next snow producer arriving on Wednesday evening. Wednesday’s system should offer a refresh to surface conditions but it does not look like a major storm. Friday and into Saturday will dry out again, but the active weather pattern will send another low-pressure system towards Colorado roughly late Saturday or Sunday. The timing and trajectory of this system are largely uncertain, but the weather pattern remains busy over the next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 21 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0-1″ early AM
    Elkton Snow: 0-1″ early AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-1″ early AM

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 3 to 7
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather For 11,000FT. Monday 2/17

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/17/2020

Current storm totals range from about 3 to 9 inches across the forecast area. Satellite imagery shows a zonal flow in place straight from the west, but moisture is currently lacking. Snowfall will taper off early this morning which will give way to scattered snow showers for the rest of the day with minimal accumulations. Strong westerly winds have been blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 at mountain tops. Another brief period of snowfall will develop late tonight and into Tuesday morning, but will struggle to produce much more than just a few inches of snow.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be cool and dry days with some sunshine. The next storm to impact the area will arrive on Wednesday night from the southwest but currently, this system is not looking particularly productive for the Crested Butte area. We will keep an eye on this system as it moves closer to Colorado.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 24 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 10-20/W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0-2″
    Elkton Snow: 0-2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-2″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 4 to 8
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1-3″
    Elkton Snow: 1-3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1-3″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20 to 24
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather For 11,000FT. Sunday 2/16

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/16/2020

Snowfall began last night and will continue throughout the day for the Crested Butte area. Snow totals as of 5 AM range from about 1 to 4 inches. A healthy amount of Pacific moisture coupled with the jet-stream just north of the area will combine to produce modest snowfall. Strong westerly winds look to accompany this storm which will easily transport the new snow around to leeward features. Favorable wind direction from the west will also help squeeze out additional precipitation.

Temperatures for today will remain on the warmer side, but moving into tomorrow, slightly colder air will slide into the area. Modest snowfall will continue overnight on Sunday and into Monday although accumulations on Monday will be very light, producing just a few additional inches.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 28 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 14 – 24/WSW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 – 6″
    Elkton Snow: 4 – 6″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 4 – 6″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 14 to 18
    Winds/Direction: 12 – 22/W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 – 6″
    Elkton Snow: 4 – 6″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 4 – 6″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 12 – 22/W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 – 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 – 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 – 2″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/15/2020

We will see high and midlevel clouds stream into the Elk Mountains today, increasing towards sunset. Temperatures will once again climb toward the freezing mark, with lower elevations this afternoon poking into the mid 30s. Westerly winds have increased overnight and will continue to be on the rise ahead of our next big snowmaker arriving tonight with average speeds in the 30-40mph, gusts into the 60s.

This storm is taking a similar trajectory as last week’s big snow event. A plume of moisture arching across the northern states will arrive tonight, favoring the Steamboat mountains and Flattops, but we will get in on the action with heavy snowfall expected Sunday and Monday. Pacific moisture, the overhead Jet stream and our mountains enhancing the incoming snowfall with additional forcing will squeeze significant snowfall produce 1-2 feet by Tuesday. Snowfall should begin just after midnight Sunday with intensifying snow really getting cranking after sunrise. Stay tuned as accumulations and timing may shift over the next 24 hours.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 28 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 25-35 G60/W
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 20-30 G50
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2-4″
    Elkton Snow: 2-4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1-3″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20-25
    Winds/Direction: 15-25/NW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4-8″
    Elkton Snow: 3-6″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3-6″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/14/2020

Overnight, westerly winds persisted and have averaged in the teens, with gusts into the 20-30mph range. Lower elevations flirt in the single digits above and below zero with temperatures warming into the mid-teens at ridge top this morning. Expect a couple sunny, quiet, classic mid-winter days on tap before we swing back into unsettled weather and persistent snowfall into the middle of next week. Temperatures today should warm close to 30ºF today at 11,000ft, with light westerly winds near and above treeline. More details on the next storm tomorrow. Stay tuned.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 5 to 10
    Winds/Direction: 5-10/W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27-33
    Winds/Direction: 10-20/W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Thursday 2/13

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/13/2020

At 6am we are still seeing some light snowfall with recent accumulations averaging around 2 inches. Colorado is under northwest flow with moisture streaming in and mostly producing snow in Northern Colorado. The Crested Butte area has been riding the line of either dry weather or clouds and light snow for a few days now. We will again be on the edge of that line today. Light snow looks to continue on the Aspen side of the Elk Mountains and further north in Colorado. Though some moisture looks to continue spilling into our area on Thursday so we can’t rule out the possibility of a little more light snowfall. The latest WRF Model Run shows a slight increase in upper level moister around mid-day, so I’ll hedge my bets with us landing on the more cloudy side of the line as well. Upper-level winds will also be increasing today, so above treeline elevations will see wind gusts in the 40 and 50mph range.

Dry weather works its way in for Friday, while upper-level winds decrease. Looks like we’ll then see more snow arriving by Sunday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 21 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 G40/ WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 4 to 8
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17/ W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17/WSW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Wednesday 2/12

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/12/2020

The clear sky overnight will start to increase with clouds today. We are sitting under cool northwest flow, with a small storm forecasted to clip through Northern Colorado Today. It looks like we’ll again be on the edge of that moisture. Models are suggesting that we’ll see partly to mostly cloudy sky cover by the afternoon with a dusting of new snow possible. Wind speeds will also increase a notch today as stronger winds aloft move over the area for the next 24 hours.

Thursday will be another transition day, but this time we’ll be transitioning back to the dry side of the line. We’ll still be under northwest flow through most of the day, with winds and cloud cover decreasing through the day. A dry high-pressure ridge will be building in for Friday. Unsettled weather looks to move back in for the weekend, but nothing to significant looking at the moment.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 21 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20/NW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -2 to 2
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20/WNW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17/WNW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0