Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/09/2019

Colorado is sitting under a high-pressure ridge as we look ahead to another day of dry and mild weather. High clouds are streaming across the area this morning and we’ll continue to see some more high clouds throughout the day. Our next change in weather comes around Thursday night as a shortwave trough moves through Colorado. Currently, we’re looking at a few inches of snow before returning to dry weather for the weekend.

  • Today

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

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10 W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    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

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/08/2019

The snowy weather from the past few days has pushed eastward and a ridge of high pressure is building into the area today. You can expect this ridge to hold in place through Thursday before a weak and dry trough possibly produces a few snowflakes at the end of the work week. Temperatures will be fairly mild following the last round of snow with some clouds lingering today. There are no significant storms on the horizon at the moment.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    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

Date: 01/07/2019

Snowfall continued overnight even as the area transitioned from yesterdays storm to a second fast-moving wave of moisture traveling across Utah and into western Colorado today. For today expect a strong period of snowfall from around sunrise through early afternoon with snowfall tapering off into the evening hours. Strong westerly winds will be associated with this snowmaker as it passes through the area today. By tomorrow skies will start to clear as a high-pressure ridge builds across Colorado and stays with us until about Friday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 17 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25, W G40’s
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 3 to 6″
    Elkton Snow: 3 to 6″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″

  • Tomorrow

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

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/06/2019

A significant system began pushing into the Crested Butte area early this morning with close to two inches at Irwin and one inch at CBMR as of 630 am. This system has impressive moisture and strong dynamics. Expect the potential for heavy snowfall from sunrise through midday today with continued snowfall tonight and tomorrow. Winds will blow at moderate speeds out of the west with enough strength to blow the new snow around.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, SW G30s
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 5 to 8″
    Elkton Snow: 5 to 8″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 6″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 5 to 10
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4″
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 5″
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 5′
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/05/2019

We will have another clear and cold start to the morning with the valleys once again diving below zero. Above the valley inversions, temperatures will again rise into the upper 30s, before high clouds begin to stream into Colorado early afternoon ahead of Sunday’s snow, and put a lid on the warm-up. Southwest winds will gradually increase throughout the day. Tonight through Monday looks like a solid snowmaker for the Elk Mountains with strong upper-level support that shifts from southwest to west orographics (wind direction) throughout the storm and could result in accumulations over 12” in the favored Kebler Pass and West Elks, as well as areas east of Crested Butte.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 35
    Winds/Direction: 15-25/SW G40s
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 25
    Winds/Direction: 15-25/SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1-3″
    Elkton Snow: 1-3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-2″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24
    Winds/Direction: 15-25/W G40s
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 10-14″
    Elkton Snow: 8-12″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 8-10″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/04/2019

Its another cold, clear and inverted morning. Valley temperatures are near or below 0, while 11,000ft temperatures are sitting in the mid 20’s. High temperatures in the mountains will creep above freezing and feel very warm with another clear sky day. Saturday will be a transition to the next storm with clouds building in the afternoon as good moisture starts to arrive on southwest flow. Fingers crossed, this is looking like a good one, with snow showers developing Saturday night and continuing through Sunday. Big money, 6-12” of snow by Monday morning. A temporarily high-pressure ridge looks to build back in for the upcoming mid-week.

  • Today

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

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 23 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 WSW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 SW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date:01/03/2019

Inverted weather is back. Low temps down in Gunnison are -19, Crested Butte -8, while at 11,000ft the low temp is around a positive 19. Temperatures will be much slower to rebound today down in the valleys, and climb back up much quicker in the mountains for another beautiful sunny day. This weather will continue until Saturday. Moisture will start reaching it tentacles up from the SW and with the arrival of our next storm starting sometime Saturday afternoon with snow developing by Saturday evening or Sunday Morning.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 28 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 NW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18 to 23
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, NW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 31 to 36
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/02/2019

How about some arctic beach weather to close out the week! Sound fun honey? Well, it better because that’s what you are going to get! It is frigid cold out there this morning, but that big ball of fire will rise with a clear sky, hints the arctic beach weather. The wind has gone on vacation too, as we’ll have calm conditions for the next couple of days. Temperature inversions will set up as well for the remainder of the work week and we’ll struggle to predict high/low temperatures at 11,000ft vs what you are feeling down in the valleys. Moisture looks to arrive on southwest flow toward the end of Saturday and that’s what we’ll be looking at for our next storm.

  • Today

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

  • Tonight

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

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27
    Winds/Direction: 0 t 10, NNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 01/01/2019

The New Years storm will begin to clear out of the central Rockies by midday, as will most hangovers. The storm delivered 6-12” as expected across our zone under quiet calm conditions. The reinforcing cold front oozed its way into the Elk Mountains throughout the evening hours, ticking snowfall rates, increasing winds and dragging with it some arctic air. Temperatures are below zero in the Alpine and will struggle to climb into double digits today. Winds should remain tolerable, but windchill will be biting.

Cold, dry, arctic high pressure takes hold for the first few days of 2019, but our eyes are now turning to the subtropical Pacific where our next batch of moisture is organizing. This weekend system will be much warmer, and we may deal will heavy wet snow and rain/snow lines and potentially freezing rain at lower elevations. Stay tuned, still quite a ways out.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 12
    Winds/Direction: 10-15/SE
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 1-3″
    Elkton Snow: 1-3″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-2″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -3
    Winds/Direction: 5-15/NE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 18
    Winds/Direction: 0-10/NE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 12/31/2018

A developing and intensifying winter storm will continue to slide into Colorado from the desert southwest today and churn through the day and into the new year. Though the meat of the system and favorable orographics will sag across the Four Corners and along the southern Colorado/New Mexico border, the western half of our forecast area should receive a solid 4-8+” of low density snow before the sun pops out for the rest of the week. Favorable NW flow will kick off the storm and slowly transition to more westerly orographics as the system slides southeast. Model trends over the last 24 hours have been increasing accumulations, but winds look somewhat unfavorable, so some uncertainty remains.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 15
    Winds/Direction: 10-15/SE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 3-6″
    Elkton Snow: 2-4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1-3″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -5
    Winds/Direction: 15-25/WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 3-6″
    Elkton Snow: 2-4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2-4″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 18
    Winds/Direction: 10-15/NE
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0-2″ AM
    Elkton Snow: 0-2″ AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-2″ AM