Mountain Weather January 14, 2015

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Date: 01/14/2015

The closed low that brought unsettled weather earlier this week is shifting south and east through Arizona and New Mexico today. Clouds have already cleared out as high pressure and dry northwest flow return to our region. The rest of the work week will bring sunny skies and a gradual warming trend in the mountains, while inversions set up in the valleys. A chance for snow returns this weekend.

Mountain Weather January 13, 2015

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Date: January 13, 2015

The center of the closed low is circulating along the Nevada/Utah border this morning. There’s not as much moisture on the back end of this system, but we’ll see some continued flurries today, with the Kebler and Paradise Divide areas favored. Cooler, dryer northerly flow will fill in as the low moves east, with dry weather through the rest of the week.

Mountain Weather January 12, 2015

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Date: 01/12/2015

Crested Butte will hang in the balance between two storms today with little accumulating snow. Our atmosphere is currently primed with warm moist air, but this air needs a disturbance to help create snowfall. A low pressure trough is over Utah today and forecasted to swing south of Colorado tonight while forming a closed low. This will put us under southwest flow as we began to see this closed low affect our area tonight and tomorrow. With so much moisture in the air we could see high snowfall accumulations or the closed low could track further south and leave us skunked. This will be an interesting system to watch play out as either way our best guess forecasted snowfall numbers will likely be off. By Wednesday a flat ridge begins to build and we’ll see dry weather through the remaining week.

Mountain Weather January 11, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

CB Avalanche Center Weather

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.