Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/19/2019

Cold, dry northwest flow kept stubborn orographic flurries into the night, but dawn is breaking clear and we should be treated to a perfect mid January day in the high Rockies. Light northwest winds should be on the decline, and temperatures should rise into the mid 20s. Enjoy the dry weather this weekend, as we look to have another system rolling into the Elk Mountains on Monday afternoon. Nothing as big as our last few storms, but the area mountains should squeeze some more measurable precipitation out by Tuesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25-30
    Winds/Direction: 10-20/NW G40
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 30-35
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/N
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/18/2019

The abundant moisture that has been streaming into Colorado on SW flow overnight has made a lovely impact on Colorado with good snow totals for many areas and mountains. Precipitation rates look to start backing down after sunrise this morning. We’ll probably see lingering snow showers through noon in the Crested Butte Area as a building ridge to our west starts shutting down the moisture tap. Orographic snow showers should continue longer in the Kebler Pass and Paradise divide area as the flow becomes to west and northwest throughout the day. A cold front has also moved in with temperatures continuing to drop after sunrise and they will be slow to increase today. Dry weather is in the forecast for the weekend. Models are showing some moisture coming over the ridge that could lead to high clouds on Saturday and we’ll have to see how far the moisture pushes into Colorado. The next storm lines up Sunday night, ya baby!

  • Today

    High Temperature: 18 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 WNW G35
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 to 6
    Elkton Snow: 4 to 6
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 5 to 10
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 NW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 NW G30
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/17/2019

Wednesday’s storm was just the pre-show warmup. The real performance is about to take the stage. Thursday will be a transition day. High clouds will begin increasing this morning, after last nights clear sky. We are looking ahead to a mostly cloudy sky with a few breaks. Moisture, like lots of moisture, is about to begin streaming into Colorado on southwest to west flow. Snow showers will begin late today and intensify overnight. We have good moisture, lift, and favorable flow, it’s on people! The temperature at the start of this storm will be fairly warm, with colder air moving in later in the storm. Friday will see snow showers taper in general with some areas seeing those snows last a bit longer under NW flow. Drier weather will take us through the weekend with another storm coming in for early next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 WSE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 2 PM
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 2 PM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 2 PM

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 14 to 19
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 G 35, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 15 to 17
    Elkton Snow: 12 to 14
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 10 to 12

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 15 to 20
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 NW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 to 6
    Elkton Snow: 4 to 6
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/16/2019

Last night the first shortwave began to impact the area with 2.5″ at Irwin, nearly 3″ at CBMR, and Schofield Pass at an estimated 5″ as of 5:15 am. The low-pressure system is still well to the west and will bring a shift in flow direction from SW to W during the day which will help to provide good orographic lift for the Crested Butte area especially from Kebler Pass to Schofield Pass. This system will likely drop another 8+ inches during the day with strong westerly winds blowing the new snow around. Thursday will dry out with little snow, but westerly winds will continue to blow in front of the second system in this back to back punch. Thursday night and Friday will bring another round of heavy snowfall with the potential for another foot according to current models.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 21 to 26
    Winds/Direction: 12 to 22 G30, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 6 to 10″
    Elkton Snow: 6 to 10″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 5 to 9″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 11 to 16
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3″
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 13 to 23, WSW
    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

Date: 01/15/2019

Here we go, the next round of moisture is making its way towards Crested Butte! Today you can expect increasing cloud cover with the possibility of light snow for the favored areas to the west of town. Tuesday night and Wednesday will produce significant accumulations across much of the forecast area with the best snow, per usual, in areas from Kebler Pass to Schofield Pass. Thursday should have continued cloud cover with light snow before a second system impacts the area on Thursday night and Friday. Looks like we are in store for a few nice powder days!

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, SW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 12 to 17
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, WSW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 5 to 8″
    Elkton Snow: 5 to 8″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 6″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 to 7″
    Elkton Snow: 4 to 7″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 6″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/14/2019

Today you can expect mostly clear skies as the area sits between systems with slightly warmer air temps than yesterday. A low-pressure system is rotating off the coast of California and is slowly making its way eastward. Expect clouds to build on Tuesday in front of this low. The first moisture from this system will impact the area on Tuesday night with light snow showers. Snow will become more widespread on Wednesday as a series of shortwave disturbances are tossed out in front of the low-pressure system.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 24 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 5 to 10
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WSW
    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

Date: 01/13/2019

For Sunday a closed low-pressure system is sitting over southern Utah and will pass by to the south of Colorado. This system will have just enough energy and moisture to keep the clouds and a few snowflakes around for another day. Accumulations will be just an inch or two at best. Winds will remain light today as they have for the past couple of days. Skies will begin to clear a bit on Monday before the next approaching snow producer that looks to arrive sometime during the middle of this week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 19 to 24
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, SE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 2 to 7
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: o
    Elkton Snow: o
    Friend’s Hut Snow: o

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/12/2019

A very interesting and unusual weather scenario has been unfolding at the higher levels of the atmosphere yesterday, overnight, and continuing today. Somewhat rare northeasterly flow is drawing moisture from a strengthening “upslope” storm event on the Front Range, and bringing it back over to the western slope. Although we will not see impressive snowfall, we may sneak out a few more flakes over the course of the day. However, uncertainty is high with this rare pattern, so be prepared for surprises, especially if day time heating spurs some convective snow showers. Models do indicate our forecast area could pick up a quick 1-3” this afternoon and before moisture dissipates this evening. Temperatures should remain mild, and winds well behaved in the 5-15mph range.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 15-20
    Winds/Direction: 0-10/NE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1-3″ PM
    Elkton Snow: 1-3″ PM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1-3″ PM

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 3-5
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/SE
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0-1″
    Elkton Snow: 0-1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-1″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20-25
    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

Date: 01/11/2019

Those cold valley inversions got pushed out last night with temps around 20 at both valley elevations and 11,000ft. We got a dusting of snow overnight with CBMR getting 50% more snow then the typically favored Irwin. Unfortunately, we are only talking 2” vs 1”. This is the setting for this storm, as more snow will accumulate further east, primarily in the Sawatch and out to the Front Range. We’ll continue to see overcast sky in our forecast area and could pick up another inch or couple today. Winds look to tick up slightly this afternoon as well. Looking at the weekend, we’ll continue to see clouds hanging out in the area and a couple more inches of snow toward the end of the weekend. Looking at the start of next week, moisture appears to undercut the high-pressure ridge we were talking about yesterday. More on that later, but for now it doesn’t look like clear weather to start the weak.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 N
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 3

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10 E
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10 W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/10/2019

Another clear and inverted morning as valley temps are near 10F in Crested Butte and 25F at 11,000ft. Temperatures will again rebound nicely today. Clouds will begin increasing today ahead of a small storm for Thursday Night into Friday. Looks like we are kinda getting left out on this one. Hopefully we’ll pull off a couple inches in the Kebler and Paradise Divide areas, otherwise, the better snow will develop further east then Crested Butte. We’ll see another ridge developing later this weekend and bringing dry weather for that period and to start the week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10 W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15 to 20
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10 NW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 NNW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4