Mountain Weather 3/24/2017

Date: 03/24/2017

Just like tired spring breakers after a big night in town, the closed low pressure system responsible for unsettled weather last night is spinning itself out of the Colorado Rockies and onto the eastern plains. Area accumulations were generally light, 2-4” on Kebler Pass and CBMR, with 9” new snow at Schofield Pass with unusually well behaved NW winds gusting into the 40mph range.

Today, skies will gradually clear throughout the day, and northerly winds will decrease. Temperatures will rebound, with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Our next weather maker looks on track for Saturday night into early Sunday with light snow accumulations expected.

SPECIAL GRAND TRAVERSE WEATHER: The racers from Crested Butte to Aspen dodged a bullet, and got exactly what most had hoped for overnight. A light refresh of snow, and merciful wind. The Upper Taylor River SNOTEL is showing 6” of new snow, a perfect refresh to improve course conditions, but not change avalanche concerns. Look for partly cloudy skies overnight, with low temperatures at Star Pass in the mid teens during the early morning hours. Should be a perfect night of racing, good luck to all, watch those sneaky creek crossings, and keep those feet dry!