Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/19/2019

Last night the area picked up a skiff to an inch of new snow. The weak short-wave that brought yesterdays cloud cover and the dusting of snowfall last night continues eastward. For today, there could be a few lingering snow showers during the day much like what we experienced yesterday afternoon, but expect cloud cover to be on the decrease by this evening. Cloud cover may linger a bit longer over the highest terrain especially east of Crested Butte toward the continental divide. Temperatures will be just a bit cooler than they were the past few days, but nothing dramatic. Looking ahead, the low-pressure system in the Pacific will start to head inland late today with the moisture starting to hit the CB area on Thursday evening. After the reasonable weather today and Wednesday, it appears as though we are in store for another prolonged stormy period through the beginning of April…wahooo!

  • Today

    High Temperature: 26 to 31
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to trace
    Elkton Snow: 0 to trace
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to trace

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15 to 20
    Winds/Direction: 1 to 11, N
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 31 to 36
    Winds/Direction: 1 to 11, S
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/18/2019

The small disturbance to the north of the area is slightly delayed from yesterday’s forecast; it looks to clip the area tonight and into Tuesday. Today you can expect similar temperatures to yesterday, but expect the cloud cover to increase throughout the day. There is a chance of some light snow overnight from the weak short-wave but accumulations will be a few flakes to a skiff. On Tuesday night a more substantial trough will make its way into California and bring unsettled weather during the second half of the work week. This system looks to cut-off as it hits the California coast which will leave some uncertainty about its trajectory as it moves eastward towards Colorado.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 32 to 37
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 12 to 17
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/17/2019

A ridge of high pressure has set up shop over the southwestern United States and has brought beautiful weather to the Crested Butte area. Expect today to be a few degrees warmer than yesterday with continued light winds. Skies will be blue and clear today with maybe just a few high-level clouds. A weak disturbance to the north will brush by the state tomorrow but will do little more than bring partly cloudy skies. The next real snow producer will not arrive until the end of the work week. The ridge looks to be forced out of the area on Wednesday or so, and snowfall possibly returning on Thursday. We will keep on eye on this system as it develops and gets closer.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 34 to 39
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 8 to 13
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 33 to 38
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Saturday March 16th.

Date: 03/16/2019

Spring Break weather is on! Your lips are going to burn, and eating spicy food is not recommended. The big ball of fire is out in force for the weekend, as the Western US hangs out under a high-pressure ridge of sorts. High temperatures will be near or above freezing and continue to increase on Sunday. While clear sky will lead to cold low temperatures down in the valleys, low temperatures will be about 15 degrees higher up in the mountains. Winds look to remain light too, so it is going to feel really warm out there. Stormy weather looks to return mid to late next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 31
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 20
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 35
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Friday March 15th.

Date: 03/15/2019

A high-pressure ridge has built over the western US, bringing dry weather for the forecast period. High temperatures will be on an increasing trend, but its that March Sun that will really make it feel warm out there. Winds look to remain light. Sky looks to be mostly clear with maybe a few very thin clouds overhead this afternoon. Spring Break Baby!! It’s on.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 8
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 31
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000′

Date: 03/14/2019

The strong low pressure system has exited to the east as we are setting up for our first prolonged period of high pressure in the month of March, after a pretty epic start to the month. A cold Northwest flow moved in last night, bringing cold air which will fuel some lingering clouds and orographic over the Western portion of the mountains today, but any accumulations should be minimal. Winds are diminishing and moving to the North/Northwest keeping temperatures on the colder side of normal. Look for bright sunny skies tomorrow and rebounding temperatures as we head into the weekend and expect this to continue into the middle of next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 15
    Winds/Direction: Northwest 10-15 mph
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1-3″
    Elkton Snow: 0-2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-2″

  • Tonight

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

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 21
    Winds/Direction: West 5-10 mph
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/13/2019

To our south is the low-pressure system that has been mentioned for several days now; it will continue to slowly move eastward as a trough moves down from the northwest. The two will combine to form one strange storm in eastern Colorado and Kansas. Weather geeks are having a field day with this setup. For today you can expect moderate to heavy snowfall with accumulations ranging from 8″ to 12″. Strong NW winds will be associated with this system and will blow the new snow around. Temperatures will drop throughout the day and will be below average by tomorrow morning. Skies will begin to clear on Thursday and dry weather will set in through the weekend.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 G40, NW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 7 to 10″
    Elkton Snow: 7 to 10″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 4 to 9
    Winds/Direction: 12 to 22, NW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 4″
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 19 to 24
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, NW
    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: 03/12/2019

The closed low-pressure system continues to inch its way slowly on to land near Baja. Heavy southerly flow is pushing moisture into the area with an inch or so around CB this morning. Light to moderate snowfall looks to continue during the day. Late on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, a second system will drop down out of the northwest bringing cold air and will combine with the closed low near Colorado. This merging will help produce snowfall into Wednesday for the area and will bring a change in wind direction from the northwest and a dramatic increase in wind speeds. Total accumulations by Wednesday night will range from 10 to 18 inches across the mountains surrounding Crested Butte. As this merging system moves out, we will be left with below average temperatures on Thursday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, S
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 to 6″
    Elkton Snow: 4 to 6″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 4 to 6″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 19 to 24
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18, SSW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3″
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 12 to 22 G40, NW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 5 to 7″
    Elkton Snow: 5 to 7″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/11/2019

The low-pressure system spinning off the southern California coast is set to head inland today. The center of this system is projected to stay south of Colorado and produce favorable snowfall for southern Colorado and more modest totals for the Crested Butte area. Expect very light snowfall today and a little bit of an increase in intensity tonight after sunset with a couple of inches overnight. You can expect relatively uneventful Tuesday. Tuesday night through Thursday could be a bit more interesting as multiple factors may come together to produce substantial snowfall during that time. Tuesday night looks to have very warm air in place when the precipitation starts and could produce rain initially for elevations as high as 9,500′ before turning to snow.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, SSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18 to 23
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, SW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 4″
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 4″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 31 to 36
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, SW
    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

Date: 03/10/2019

A system off the coast of California will keep the sky cover mostly cloudy with a few flurries but not real accumulations. As the next storm moves inland, you can expect cloud cover to increase on Monday and snow to start accumulating during the day. This next round of snowfall will favor the San Juans Mountains, but the Crested Butte area will see another decent pulse of moisture into Monday night. As soon as this system exits there will be another hot on its heels producing snowfall into Wednesday. The storms just keep stacking up for Crested Butte; expect wet weather through at least mid-week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 13 to 18
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, SSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, S
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 3 to 6″
    Elkton Snow: 3 to 6″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 6″