Mountain Weather For 11,000FT. Thursday 3/26

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 03/26/2020

A large low-pressure trough is dominating the weather pattern in the mountain west. An exceptionally strong jet stream is moving directly above Colorado early this morning and will remain over the state for much of the day. The area is under a heavy southwest flow. The strong jet produced gusts up to 80mph last night and is expected to persist much of the day. Along with the strong winds much warmer air pushed into the area setting freezing levels near 10,500 feet in elevation. There is relatively little moisture associated with this system but a few flakes might fall today.

As the low-pressure trough moves eastward today, it will push the jet stream to the east of Colorado bringing a reprieve from the winds. The small amount of moisture will arrive on Friday as the trough axis approaches, but accumulation do not look impressive. Air temperatures will cool as the trough approaches to below seasonal norms. The Crested Butte area may sneak out a handful of inches by Friday night with the best chance of accumulating snow coming on Friday evening and into the night.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 34 to 38
    Winds/Direction: 20 to 30/SW G60
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 14 to 18
    Winds/Direction: 6 to 16/SW
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 1″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 1″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 1″

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 28 to 32
    Winds/Direction: 8 to 18/WSW
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0 to 2″
    Elkton Snow: 0 to 2″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0 to 2″