Mountain Weather 1/1/2016

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/01/2016

2016 is off to a cold start. Temperatures in town are a frigid -30*F, while mountain stations are showing -10 to 0. January is typically a dry month during El Nino winters, and this month looks to start off on cue for that. The broad, exiting trough closes off over the West Coast and a high pressure ridge establishes over the Central Rockies through the weekend. This will bring a warming trend to the mountains and strengthening valley inversions. The storm track will be split around the Western US next week, with a series of troughs passing to our south. At this point, it looks like the Elk Mountains won’t get tickets to the show, but we might catch a lyric or two from outside the venue.