Mountain Weather 3/31/2017

Date: 03/31/2017

A large amount of uncertainty exists with this current storm system. As with most closed low pressure systems, they have spun off the main jet stream and behave like a spinning top across the continent. This low pressure has a wobble, and we will have to wait and see what we get. Last night, models suggested the low moving farther south than predicted 12 hours previously, leaving Aspen and Vail out of the snow. Currently, our area looks to have been left out also. I’m not counting it a full skunk yet, as lower elevations will eventually moisten and allow precipitation to fall today. Currently (6am) and overnight, snow levels hovered around 10,000ft, and McClure Pass is reporting a steady cold rain. We should not expect much out of this storm anymore as the closed low will now direct east-southeasterly winds across our area, very unproductive orographic forcing. Temperatures will climb to the mid 30s, and those southerly winds should be ripping near and above treeline today.

Another storm system looks to impact the area once again, before a stronger ridge of high pressure moves overhead for the rest of the work week. Soon we will be ripping single track and climbing Taylor Canyon stone, but for now, enjoy what snow does fall!