Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 04/01/2019

Fog has set up in the valley bottoms this morning but should burn off by mid-morning. A few orographic flurries, from a northwest flow, will linger this morning as well but should dissipate early in the day leaving the area under partly cloudy skies. Temperatures are running a bit cooler than seasonal norms and generally at 11,000′ locations will struggle to reach the freezing mark. Tonight clouds look to be on the increase with several small waves of energy passing by on Tuesday and Tuesday night ahead of the next trough which is set to arrive on Wednesday. There is the potential for a little refresh in riding conditions on Tuesday night and Wednesday but models are not predicting anything major at this time.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, WNW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″ to trace, AM
    Elkton Snow: 0″ to trace, AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 15 to 20
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 32 to 37
    Winds/Direction: 7 to 17, WSW
    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. Sunday, March 31.

Date: 03/31/2019

There is a spinny thing down south, doing its thing by spinning and hanging out south of us. That spinny thing can also be called a closed low if you want to sound smarter. It’s going to keep spinning and pulling moisture through southern Colorado and up to our area in Central Colorado. Winds remain light and any snow that develops will mostly come from the storms own energy creating lift, as well as convection. This all could add up to some variable snow totals for us depending on how and where those convective cells set up and just how much moisture gets pulled into our area. 2 to 4” of snow would be the best average to put out there. Just remember, some places may get skunked and some could exceed with this setup. I’m sorry if the spinny thing throws a skunk at your doorstep.

Dry air will start moving in Sunday night and Monday is setting up to really be a beautiful one! Definitely a call in sick kind of beautiful day. I mean, if a skunk was hanging out at your doorstep, you might just feel a little sick right? Moisture starts moving in on Tuesday with the potential for some very light snow in the afternoon. The next storm looks to arrive on Wednesday and we’ll have to wait and see what kind of snow is associated with that storm.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 27 to 31
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12, SE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 12 to 16
    Winds/Direction: 2 to 12 NW
    Sky Cover: Increasing clouds
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 29 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Saturday, March 30.

Date: 03/30/2019

Colorado is sitting under a large low-pressure trough with our forecast area seeing a break in storms on Saturday. Cloud cover will be moving between mostly to partly cloudy. As moisture drys out a bit today and we may even get lucky and see some Sun. Winds became light overnight and are forecasted to stay that way into Sunday.

A closed low forms over Utah Saturday night and moves over Southern Colorado on Sunday. We’ll remain under light winds and see that wind direction becoming south and eventually east on Sunday. Most of the snow associated with this closed low looks to be to our south and east. If the storms lift increases over our area we could see a little better snow accumulation, otherwise, we’re only looking at a couple of inches of new snow.

Dry weather moves in for Monday under northwesterly flow. Then by Wednesday, the next low-pressure trough looks to be moving over Colorado and bringing a return to unsettled weather.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 25 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10 SSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10 to 14
    Winds/Direction: 0 to 10, S
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27 to 31
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, ENE
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 3 to 5

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Friday, March 29.

Date: 03/29/2019

Low temperatures are not as low as we forecasted yesterday, but cold air is still working its way into Colorado. Mountain temperatures will see a small increase today, then continue to fall into Saturday. An elongated low-pressure trough has increased winds from the SW and we’ll see those winds continue through Friday before tapering off overnight and becoming northerly. Snowfall looks to start up this afternoon. Unfortunately its nothing too impressive. The old 1 to 3” forecast looks about right for this afternoon. Snow showers look to decrease after midnight and any remaining showers look light going into Saturday morning.

The weather is looking pretty good for those GT racers starting off at midnight for their journey to Aspen. Rumor has it that Emma and Hannah are going to lead the pack to take first tracks on Star Pass, in the couple inches of fresh. Otherwise, with the current forecast showing tapering wind speeds overnight and only light to no snow showers after midnight, it’s looking like everyone should have a great ski to Aspen!

Unsettled weather remains for the weekend with another pulse of snow Saturday night into Sunday. Then the weather will dry out to start off next week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 29 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 15 to 25 G 40, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 3
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 3
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 12 to 16
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, NW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 1 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 1 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 2

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 27 to 31
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13 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. Thursday, March 28.

Date: 03/28/2019

My previous third eye sunburn has now been burned into a unibrow. The hot weather continues for Thursday. 11,000ft temperatures again had a marginal refreeze last night and will be quick to increase this morning. High clouds are passing over Utah this morning and just nosing into northern Colorado. The morning looks to start off clear, then we too should see our share of high clouds moving in and creating overcast to partly cloudy sky as they pass. There is a chance that the main group of clouds will stay just to our north.

A cold front moving into Colorado tonight will start off a decreasing temperature trend that will take us into the weekend. A low-pressure system then brings moisture into the area on Friday with increasing clouds and 1 to 4 inches of snow on average. Most of the snow will be to our north but we should still see a small refresh. Unsettled weather takes us into the weekend.

Grand Travers weather for Friday Night into Saturday: Recent model runs have pushed the timing of snow showers back a few hours. Now snow looks to develop midday Friday and last into the early evening. Point forecasts are currently showing 2-4” of snow for the Friends Hut area. A mostly cloudy sky will block out the moon so don’t count on the extra light. Low temperatures on Saturday morning for 11,000ft look to be in the mid to upper teens. Westerly winds could be blustery in the alpine exposed sections of the course too. We’ll take one last update and nail down more numbers tomorrow morning.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 42 to 46
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 19 to 23
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 24 to 27
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 G30, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4 PM
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4 PM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 2 to 4 PM

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Wednesday, March 27.

Date: 03/27/2019

The third eye that is burned into the patch of my forehead, between where my sunglasses sit and the underside of my hat, tells me that the sun is strong and the temperatures are hot hot hot! We’ll again see some high thin clouds pass overhead today, while temperatures will climb a few degrees warmer than yesterday. Mountain temperatures last night just dipped down to the freezing mark so they are set to jump up today. Southwest winds increased slightly last night and will continue to average 15 to 25 MPH up in the alpine today.

Thursday looks to be another beautifully sunny day. High temperatures look to get capped a couple of degrees colder. Then by Thursday night into Friday, we’ll see a cold front moving through and a small storm setting up for Friday. Clouds will increase for Friday, a couple of inches of snow looks to accumulate and temperatures will see a nice drop after the cold front. Grand Travers weather currently looks to start out under cloudy sky on Friday night with low temperatures in the upper teens on Saturday Morning. Winds will have seen an increase on Friday, but they look to decrees a couple of notches by Friday Night. Sure things will still be blustery on Star Pass. If there is snowfall Friday night it should be very light. This is a quick look at the GT weather. We’ll look more into it tomorrow. Unsettled weather remains in place for the weekend.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 44 to 49
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20 WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 29 to 33
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15 SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 41 to 46
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18, WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/26/2019

Another beautiful day is on tap. Temperatures are expected to rise a few degrees warmer than yesterday with a few high, thin clouds streaming overhead. Winds will come from the southwest and are expected to be light with an increase in speeds during the afternoon. Wednesday looks much like today but maybe with a few more clouds showing up ahead of the next low-pressure system coming our way which currently sits off the Pacific Northwest coast. The first precipitation from the approaching snowmaker should begin to fall late on Thursday and pick up in intensity on Friday as the associated cold-front passes. Look for some better details about snow totals tomorrow for this system.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 41 to 46
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 24 to 29
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, SW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 44 to 49
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18, WSW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/25/2019

The unsettled weather is set to move out of the area this morning with cloud cover and a few flurries lingering over the Ruby Range but shortly after sunrise expect mostly clear conditions. A ridge of high-pressure will move into the area today and provide clear skies with increasingly warm temperatures each day until Wednesday. Expect temperatures to reach well into the 40’s, at 11,000 feet, on Tuesday and Wednesday. This looks to be the first real hit of warm weather this spring. Looking towards the end of the week, models are suggesting the next storm system will be slightly delayed; snowfall is expected to begin sometime on Thursday and continues into Friday.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 35 to 40
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, WNW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″ early AM
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″ early AM
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18 to 23
    Winds/Direction: 3 to 13, SW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 43 to 48
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, SW
    Sky Cover: Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft

Date: 03/24/2019

Today we can expect unsettled weather with modest accumulations. Radar returns this morning are showing precipitation moving into western Colorado. Most of the moisture will stay to the north of our area, but it looks like we will squeeze a few inches out of it. Afternoon convective energy may help to stack a few more inches up by the sunset. Monday and Tuesday a ridge of high-pressure develops and brings warm temperatures well above seasonal averages. The end of the work week will bring a strong Pacific storm; we will watch this develop over the next few days but expect a return to winter towards the end of the week.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 2 to 4″
    Elkton Snow: 2 to 4″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 1 to 3″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 16 to 21
    Winds/Direction: 4 to 14, W
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 34 to 39
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 15, W
    Sky Cover: Mostly Clear
    Irwin Snow: 0″
    Elkton Snow: 0″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0″

Mountain Weather for 11,000ft. Saturday, March 23.

Date: 03/23/2019

Drier air is moving overhead this morning, while lover level moisture looks to remain trapped below. It will be interesting to see how this pans out for our cloud forecast. Low level clouds and valley fog will be the theme for this morning than we can look towards partly cloudy sky with fewer clouds than yesterday. Convective clouds will move in and out and may even produce a few light snow showers today.

Clouds will start building again late on Saturday as moisture and the chance of more snow showers increases for Saturday night into Sunday. We could see a few inches of new snow add up, but it really isn’t looking great for snow at the moment. A high-pressure ridge takes hold on Monday and we’ll be looking to a hot and dry week coming up.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 28 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18 WNW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 18 to 22
    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

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 30 to 35
    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