Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 12/30/2018

Snow will be returning to western Colorado today and continue into tomorrow with accumulating snowfall. This system is moving down from the NW and will slide towards the Four Corners area by Monday. Favored locations to the west and north of town could see accumulations close to the 10-inch mark while areas closer to town and to the east will be below double digits by Tuesday morning. The bulk of the snowfall will come during the day on Monday. Winds will be moderate from the NW swinging to the W and finishing from the S as the storm passes by the area. Looks like we are going to start the new year with fresh and fun riding conditions.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, 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: 3 to 8
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, SSW
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 4 to 8
    Elkton Snow: 4 to 8
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 6

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 12/29/2018

Low clouds and a few snowflakes are lingering around the area, but there are stars visible this morning in the valley. Expect these low-level clouds to dissipate during the first half of the day leaving the area cold and mostly clear. Sunday will warm up a bit from today with increasing clouds. The next snow maker will start to impact the area on Sunday afternoon with accumulating snow through Monday. This system could produce modest accumulations with around 6 inches but nothing exceptional is expected.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 13 to 18
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

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

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WNW
    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: 12/28/2018

A low-pressure system is currently spinning across the four corners region this morning pushing moisture up from the south. Most of this moisture will not make it past the San Juan Mountains but you can expect a few inches of accumulations today in the Crested Butte area. Snowfall will likely be finished by tonight as the system pushes off to the east of Colorado. Saturday will be a dry day with cold temperatures. The next chance at precipitation will come on Sunday evening as a trough moves through the forecast area offering modest snowfall potential.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 10 to 15
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, SE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -3 to -8
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 14 to 19
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, WNW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft.

Date: 12/27/2018

A closed low is to our south, unfortunately it looks like the San Juans will block a large majority of the precipitation from reaching this zone. Today will remain mostly clear with clouds increasing this evening. Our best shot at any new snow will be tonight through tomorrow morning with accumulations in the 1-2″ range. Day time temperatures will remain in the teens on average for the next two days with lows in the single digits at night. Winds should remain light with a slight shift tomorrow morning when winds will be out of the south east gusting into the teens. For the start of the weekend a small ridge develops while we wait for the next low off the pacific coast to arrive Sunday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20
    Winds/Direction: 3-5,WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -1
    Winds/Direction: 3-5, SE
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 0-1
    Elkton Snow: 0-1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 18
    Winds/Direction: 3-5, SE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0-1
    Elkton Snow: 0-1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0-1

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 12/26/2018

The closed low is currently in Southern Arizona. This system has been streaming good moisture into Western Colorado overnight and that moisture stream is currently just west of our area. Snow is stacking up on the Grand Masa overnight, with light snow in Irwin at 5am. Of course, the snow is stacking up in the San Juans too. What about us you ask? Well, the band of snow is sooo close. Yet models don’t show it pushing east this morning before it dissipates. If that band of snow does push a little east than we should see some snow stack up on the west to northwest border of our forecast area. As the closed low moves east today, wind direction will flip a 180 and increase out of the north this afternoon. We have another small shot of snow later this afternoon. Then we’ll see a brief drying trend late Wednesday night or early Thursday ahead of the next low-pressure trough that will continue unsettled weather into the weekend.

With the current closed low. Our forecast area is kind of getting the donut hole treatment. If that makes you unhappy, go eat a donut.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20. South AM, North Pm
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 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: 20
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 W
    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: 12/25/2018

Well, support for the Santa Makes Winter Great Campaign turned out to be a little low over the last couple of days. So now, Santa’s closed low is dropping down the California coast for some beach time early this morning. Drier air on southwest flow is being pushed into the area which could bring some breaks in the clouds today. Otherwise, we are still looking at a partly to mostly cloudy kind of day. Eventually, Santa’s Closed Low is going to make a stop on the Baja Border for a taco, then eventually move south and east of Colorado on Wednesday. Later in the week, a large low-pressure trough will continue to bring us unsettled weather.

What does this all mean for snow? Well, the storm’s energy is mostly staying south of Colorado. So we’ll be looking more at winds and orographics to turn the available moisture into snowflakes. Unfortunately, we don’t check that box as the wind directions are not the best for our local area. So, not a big hit of snow over the next 24hr, but we’ll still get some snow showers helping keep it fresh.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 South
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 2

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 SSE
    Sky Cover:
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 WSW
    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

Date: 12/24/2018

The next low-pressure trough began to impact the area last night just after midnight. Irwin is showing almost 4 inches and CBMR shows nearly 2 inches as of 6 am. Expect 3 to 7 inches across the forecast area today. Areas to the west and north from Irwin to Schofield Pass will do best with the potential for these areas to exceed forecasted snowfall amounts. Winds will remain out of the west at moderate speeds blowing the new snow around. Snowfall will taper off this evening with only light snow expected overnight and Tuesday will be an in-between day as a strong low-pressure system spins towards the 4-corners area on Wednesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 5 to 7
    Elkton Snow: 5 to 7
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 4 to 6

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 7 to 12
    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 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 23 to 28
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17
    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: 12/23/2018

After a cool and clear night, clouds will start to build again throughout the day. Moisture will be limited for daylight hours with the possibility of just a few flurries in the afternoon. Winds will be gusty out of the west in front of the next trough impacting the area on Sunday night and Monday. Expect 4 to 8 inches of accumulations by Monday evening coupled with moderate to strong westerly winds. Tuesday will be a transitional day as a significant low-pressure system makes its way toward western Colorado on Wednesday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 17 to 22
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 7 to 12
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 18 to 23
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 3 to 5
    Elkton Snow: 3 to 5
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 12/22/2018

Snow began to fall yesterday afternoon around Irwin at 2 pm and tapered off last night, but early this morning snowfall is picking back up. As of 5 am, areas to the west of Crested Butte have picked up around 5″ new but CBMR is sitting at a measly 1″. Areas to the west and north of town, per usual, will do best. Today you can expect snowfall for the first half of the day, around 2 to 5 additional inches, and diminish throughout the afternoon. Snowfall will stop by the evening. Immediately on the heels of today’s quick disturbance is a second shortwave trough slated to push through the area during midday tomorrow offering a few more inches of accumulation on Sunday. Looking ahead it looks like a significant Pacific system will begin to impact the region beginning on Christmas Day. Whoop Whoop! We are back in the snow!

  • Today

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 12 to 22, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 5
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 5
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 5

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: -2 to 3
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 20 to 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, W
    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: 12/21/2018

Get out of here you lumpy dry ridge from yesterday, and come on in water vapor that wants to turn into snowflakes! Moisture is streaming into Colorado this morning and will bring high clouds for the day. We’ll see this moisture start to turn into snowflakes late this afternoon with a chance to pick up an inch or two before midnight. Next in line is a shortwave trough cutting across the northern half of Colorado on Saturday. This shortwave will bring 3 to 6″ of snow by Sunday Morning! Yea Baby. Saturday night into Sunday will dry out a bit. Then it all happens… CBAC has launched it’s Santa Makes Winter Great Again campaign and Santa has jumped on board! With no border walls to cross to the north, there is an open door for Santa to bringing a couple storms and one big closed low down with him next week. We are looking ahead to an unsettled and stormy holiday week. I’m so happy.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 28
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1 PM
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1 PM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1 PM

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 2 W
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 25
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 West
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4