Mountain Weather January 11, 2015

Date: 01/11/2015

The current weather system has the moister but is currently lacking the lift necessary to produce widespread snowfall. That’s like showing up to the party with a bowl of gravy, but no turkey. The western portion of our area is good at creating lift and producing orographic snowfall and this will be where we see the greatest accumulations today. Snowfall accumulations are looking better on Monday night into Tuesday as two weather systems merge, helping to create more widespread lift and higher snow accumulations. A dried out turnkey and empty bowl of gravy look to be in store for Wednesday afternoon through the weekend as a weak high pressure ridge builds.

Mountain Weather for Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Date: 01/10/2015

Another cold, calm morning before temps rise into the low 30s today, ahead of a small disturbance after midnight which should bring us a much needed coat of fresh paint for the hills. This first storm will clear out the inversions and prime the pump for a more significant storm Monday and Tuesday. Winds should remain light with this weak, mild storm, and most areas should pick up 2-4.” We’ll take it.

Mountain Weather for Friday, January 9th, 2015

Date: 01/09/2015

A big arctic airmass will droop into the Midwest today, but terrain will block that cold air from western Colorado, and we will only see slightly cooler temperatures today, with partly cloudy skies once again. Tomorrow night it all gets a little more interesting with an appetizer of snow before another, stronger wave of moisture on Monday.

Mountain Weather January 8, 2015

Date: 01/08/2015

The high pressure over the Great Basin continues to drive mild weather under northwest flow for the next few days. A colder air mass is dropping along the Great Plains today, which will have minimal effects on us except for slightly cooler temperatures than the record-breaking high temps we saw the past two days. The cooling trend progresses into the weekend as the ridge begins to deform. By Sunday, a more active weather pattern develops, but models are still in disagreement on the details. Look for a return to snowier weather by Monday and Tuesday at the latest.

Mountain Weather January 7, 2015

Date: 01/07/2015

Spring-like weather will continue today with a high pressure ridge parked over the Great Basin driving mild conditions. The ridge flattens a little today, and some clouds may push through. Winds will be light except on the highest peaks. As the ridge amplifies on Thursday, dry northwest flow will continue with above normal temperatures. The high pressure breaks down with more active weather developing this weekend.


Warm, northwest flow will bring unsettled weather through the remainder of the work week. There are some weak pulses moving across Colorado over the next few days, but our area looks to be too far south to take on any snowfall. We should see partly cloudy skies and highs reaching the mid 30’s over the next few days.

Mountain Weather January 5, 2014

Date: 01/05/2015

We are under the influence of northwest flow which is normally a good snow producer for our areas, but most of the available moister is to our north. Today we me may see a few light orographic snow showers with mostly cloudy sky. This weather will linger on Tuesday before a ridge of high pressure builds on Wednesday bringing warmer and dryer conditions. This ridge currently looks to stay in place through the week with the next possibility of change over the weekend.

Mountain Weather Janurary 4, 2014

Date: 01/04/2015

Northwest flow has currently set up from the Pacific Northwest to Southern Rockies. This weather pattern will keep us with partly to mostly cloudy sky’s with chances of orographic snow for the next few days. This northwest flow generally favors the western portion of our area and will be the likely zone that sees additional snow during this period, though most available moister will stay north of our area. Closer to and east of CB there will be little chance of snow and drier conditions. This pattern currently looks to break down Wednesday as a high-pressure ridge moves in.

Mountain Weather for Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Date: 01/03/2015

A nearly stationary trough will usher in bits of moisture today moving in Northwest flow, reaching the central mountains around mid-morning. Expect moderate winds and snowfall rates with this impulse, and look for a quick 3-6″ of snow by this evening. Accurate forecasts of orographically enhanced snowfall are notoriously tough, and higher amounts are possible in those typical snow factories near Kebler and Schofield passes. Another similar wave of moisture rolls through Sunday, keeping chances for snow through the weekend.

Mountain Weather for Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Date: 01/02/2015

Temperatures will slowly rebound today under clear skies and light North winds, as a short-lived ridge of high pressure moves through the area. High clouds will begin to roll in this afternoon and evening ahead of our next snowmaker tomorrow. This storm looks to be quite similar to the little system we saw yesterday, with 3-6″ snow expected. Looking ahead, we will see more embedded moisture pushed our way in Northwest flow through Monday, before the high pressure sitting off the coast of California brings dry, sunny skies next week.