Mountain Weather for 11,000ft Tuesday 1/7

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/07/2020

A weak ridge will build over Colorado today bringing inversions to valley bottoms and mostly clear skies. Temperatures in valleys will struggle a bit with the inversion but temps at mountain locations are looking very pleasant near 30 degrees. On Wednesday afternoon a weak trough will pass by the northern part of Colorado, unfortunately, this system will not produce much if any accumulating snowfall for the Crested Butte area. Then on Thursday evening into Friday, a stronger, wetter system will impact much of Colorado. It is too early to start throwing snowfall numbers around, but at the very least it looks like we will get a refresh on snow surfaces out of this system.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27 to 31
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 6 to 10
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 13 to 23, SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft Monday, 1/6

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/06/2020

A weak system is currently nipping at the Crested Butte area but will only produce a few flakes without the prospect of any substantial accumulation. Clouds and flurries will be on the decrease as the day passes with tomorrow expected to be a clear and warmer day. Winds will continue to be a bit gusty at upper elevations from the WNW. After a pleasant, sunnier day Tuesday, cloud cover will begin to increase on Wednesday before an approaching system that is expected to impact the area Wednesday evening and linger through Friday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 18 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, WNW
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to trace

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 4 to 8
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 26 to 30
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather For 11,000FT. Sunday 1/5

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/05/2020

Today will bring an increase in cloud cover as the day progresses as a quick, weak system moves through the area tonight and tomorrow. This system is not anticipated to produce much snowfall tonight and tomorrow maybe just a couple of inches at best. The good news is that the winds have slowly tapered off from the blistering speeds of the past two days and will shift more southwesterly today ahead of the next system. Even though winds have relaxed, expect them to continue to be elevated at upper elevations.

Tuesday is expected to be a dry and sunny day before a significant trough impacts the western United States during the second half of the week. Currently, this snowmaker is scheduled to arrive late on Wednesday and give the opportunity for accumulating snowfall through about Friday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 28 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 7 to 11
    Winds/Direction: 14 to 24, 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: 16 to 20
    Winds/Direction: 12 to 22, NW
    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

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/04/2020

A generally quiet day across our forecast area with high pressure in control for one more day. Those persistent cold, northwest winds are still ticking in the 30mph range in the alpine this morning, but are on a downward trend since yesterday afternoon. Aside from sub-zero valley inversions, temperatures are mild at higher elevations, starting the day off in the low 20s. Look for mostly sunny skies today, with northwest winds increasing slightly midday as tomorrow evening’s quick-moving disturbance approaches. Tomorrow, the northern mountains will be favored, but the high elevations of the northern Elk Mountains may see 1-3″ of snow tomorrow evening.

  • Today

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

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15-20
    Winds/Direction: 10-20/WNW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25-30
    Winds/Direction: 15-25/NW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 1-3″ PM
    Elkton Snow: 0-2″ PM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-2″ PM

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/03/2020

A quick-moving ridge of high pressure sliding overhead today from the west is the culprit to the increase of northwesterly winds since sunset yesterday. Although not accompanied by precipitation, this change in airmass is increasing the pressure gradient and bumping the winds. These winds should subside by sunset tonight. Temperatures today will start subzero once again in the valleys, but higher elevations should warm nicely into the mid-teens to low 20s. No precipitation is expected for this weekend but could see some light snow showers bring a modest refresh of surface conditions Sunday night into Monday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 15-20
    Winds/Direction: 20-30/NW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

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

  • Tomorrow

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

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Thursday 1/2

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/02/2020

The low-pressure trough is now sitting over Eastern Colorado this morning. That’s putting us in northwest flow. Upper-level moisture starts fading away throughout the day, while low-level moisture hangs in there until Thursday Night. So generally light orographic snow showers are what we have in the snow forecast for today. That snow will primarily be west and north of Crested Butte. A brief ridge of high pressure builds in on Friday and into Saturday. Saturday is looking like a great day to get out under the sun, but we may see some clouds moving in that afternoon and a flake or two of snow if we are lucky. The next chance of a storm comes early next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 18 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 8 to 12
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 G35, 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: 18 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, NW
    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. Wednesday 1/1

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/01/2020

The new year is starting off just right with an incoming winter storm. A strong jet stream is pulling Pacific Moisture into the area on northwest flow. We’ll see snowfall get going for our area around mid-day, which is a few hours earlier than forecasted yesterday. As that snow gets going, strong winds aloft will create some blustery conditions at upper elevations. NW to W orographic will initially kick in and favor the Kebler Pass and Paradise Divide areas. Snowfall rates will pick up across the whole forecast area late this afternoon as a cold front also descends over Colorado. Lite snowfall continues for Thursday. Cold temperatures during this whole period should create some great snow, with low water content. Drier weather moves in Thursday night through Saturday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 22 to 26, WNW
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 G35, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 3 to 5
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 8 to 12
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 5 to 8
    Elkton Snow: 5 to 8
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 16 to 20
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Tuesday 12/31

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 12/31/2019

It’s so cold out there that dogs are sticking to fire hydrants. Be careful out there folks. -20’s down in the valleys, oo fun. The sun will come out, and we’ll have another beautiful day. High clouds will start moving in this afternoon as we get ready for the start of the New Years Storm. We’ll be in NW flow on Wednesday and Thursday as a deep low-pressure trough builds over the western US. The snow looks to ramp up quickly, late on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday morning we could be looking at 6 to 8” West and North of Crested Butte, and 3 to 5 in Crested Butte. Snowfall looks to continue on Thursday, mostly for the orographically favored areas again west and north of CB. Dry weather arrives to start the weekend.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 18 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 1 to 5
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, NW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 22 to 26
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, WNW
    Sky Cover:
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4 PM
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4PM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 2PM

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft Monday, December 30th

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 12/30/2019

Yikes…..-30 in Crested Butte this morning. Temperatures hit the coldest of the year last night ranging from -30 to -single digits. Today will be sunny which should help to make it feel warmer than the nasty air temperatures suggest. Winds look to remain light which unfortunately will not help displace any of the cold air pooling in valley bottoms. If you are able to get out of valley bottoms today, the high temperatures will feel reasonable, but the lowest terrain will struggle to reach much above 0. Be sure to manage your finger, toes, and noses to prevent cold injury.

Now for the good news…a series of disturbances will begin impacting the area on Wednesday afternoon and produce snowfall through Friday. It still a bit early to get too excited but moisture looks ample coupled with a strong jet stream to support good snow production. Time will tell but it looks like 2020 is going to get rolling with a snowy start.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 12 to 16
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -3 to -7
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, N
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 19 to 23
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, WNW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft Sunday, December 29th

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 12/29/2019

The snow producing system from the past few days has pushed eastward into the Great Plains, which has left the Crested Butte area under a very cold north flow. A tiny bit of residual moisture is leftover and may create a few flurries for the highest terrain to the north and west of Crested Butte but should dissipate by midday. The big story for the next few days will be the very cold temperatures. Daytime highs will struggle to reach double digits and, at many locations, may only reach just above 0. Temperatures will warm each day through Wednesday which is when the next significant storm should arrive. Models already are suggesting that the second half of this week will be snowy so hooray for that.

Temperatures will be cold enough to cause injury today so plan accordingly.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 5 to 10
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18, NW
    Sky Cover: Decreasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0 to trace
    Elkton Snow: 0 to trace
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to trace

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -7 to -12
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 13 to 18
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, NW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0