Mountain Weather March 4, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 03/04/2015

Moisture erodes quickly as north flow fills in behind the exiting trough. A few light showers may linger this morning, and skies will start clearing this afternoon. The familiar west coast ridge amplifies, bringing dry northwest flow under a warming trend into next week. It has been a great storm, hasn’t it?

Mountain Weather March 3rd, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 3/3/15

Here comes the final kick! As moisture moves east of us today, an upper level trough crosses the state, shifting flow from southwest to west to northwest through tomorrow. Unstable air will continue to fuel snow showers. Wind speeds remain elevated today and pick up again tomorrow on the backside of the trough. An associated cold front swoops down from the Northwest tonight intensifying snowfall. Kebler Pass and Paradise Divide can do quite well with this shift in flow direction. Ridging from the West Coast will bring an end to the storm on Wednesday, with skies clearing and a warming trend in the latter half of the week.

Mountain Weather March 2, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 03/02/2015

Don’t worry, just because its not snowing now we still have more snowfall on the way, but the timing of the heavier pulses is harder to nail down. There is a deep moisture tap extending from Southwest Colorado all the way to Southern California. This moisture will be the fuel for our next round of higher precipitation rates this afternoon or tonight. A cold front is currently moving across Utah and as it moves into our area later today/tonight it should produce bands of heavier snowfall with increasing winds. Snowfall will continue on Tuesday as another trough moves into Northern Colorado on northwest flow. This front will be even colder and we should see another pulse in snowfall rates as this system moves into central Colorado. Mt CB has seen some of the best accumulations recently while we’ve been under southwest flow. This flow will be changing to more westerly or northwesterly on Tuesday and increase the accumulations for the western portion of our area.

Mountain Weather March 1, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 03/01/2015

The simple part of the forecast is to say we’ll see accumulating snow each day through Wednesday. So we can all cheers to that. The harder part of the forecast is nailing down the specifies for each day. Today we’re expecting a slight decrease in precipitation rates before snowfall ramps back up this afternoon and tonight. The low pressure south of Colorado that is currently spinning moisture into our area is getting kicked to the east by an upstream shortwave trough dropping down on northwest flow. This trough looks to ramp up snowfall in our area again on Monday through Tuesday.

Mountain Weather for Friday, February 28th, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/28/2015

Our big weather maker continues its grind toward Colorado today as it drops southward along the California coast, before ejecting our way through the Four Corners and the desert Southwest. It have wobbled a bit, but good snowfall looks to remain on track for tonight, Sunday, and Monday. Interesting model changes over the last 24 hours, are shifting a brunt of the storm farther north, with more northwesterly components, a wind direction that can hammer our forecast area. Clouds will increase, and snow develop this afternoon into tonight, but really kicks Sunday into Monday and beyond.

Mountain Weather for Friday, February 27th, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/27/2015

Hold onto your hats. An impressive series of storms will arrive this afternoon from the Southwest, and impact the Crested Butte area through potentially next Wednesday. Yes, Wednesday. Although, we will not see the brunt of the storm (Wolf Creek may see up to 8″ liquid water), we should not feel too starved as 1-2 feet look reasonable. Clouds and snow showers will increase in coverage this afternoon, with stronger waves of moisture overnight and through the weekend. Winds should remain elevated, and temperatures look to remain at or below average through this time frame.

Mountain Weather February 26, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/26/2015

We’ll see a brief lull in active weather this morning before another extended period of snowy weather kicks carrying us into next week. The previews start this afternoon as the next shortwave moves in from the northwest, issuing the first round of snowfall favoring Kebler and Paradise Divide. Unstable air will fuel showers on Friday morning, before the main feature begins to set up for the weekend. A large trough will tap into healthy amount of moisture and drive it over our region under southwest flow, fueling significant snowfall with good dynamic support. A foot or more seems reasonable by the end of the weekend.

Mountain Weather February 25, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/25/2015

Unsettled northwest flow is developing over Colorado. A few pulses of moisture through the rest of the work week will bring the chance for light snow each day and increased wind speeds. We are too far south and west to catch major accumulations, but a larger storm is brewing for the weekend, which has some similar traits as last weekend’s storm.

Mountain Weather February 25, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/25/2015

Unsettled northwest flow is developing over Colorado. A few pulses of moisture through the rest of the work week will bring the chance for light snow each day and increased wind speeds. We are too far south and west to catch major accumulations, but a larger storm is brewing for the weekend, which has some similar traits as last weekend’s storm.

Mountain Weather February 24, 2015

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 02/24/2015

As the closed low moves west into central Arizona, we’ll see cloud cover decrease today under light winds. The pattern shifts to northwest flow through the rest of the week as a large scale trough moves across Canada, sending a series of shortwaves to our north. We’ll see cold air, increased winds, and a continued chance for snowfall into the weekend.