Mountain Weather 12/11/15

CB Avalanche CenterWeather

Date: 12/11/2015

Just when we didn’t think it would ever snow again, the weather forecasts have some interesting changes in store through the start of next week. Currently there is a low pressure trough approaching from the west and a cold front stalling over northern Colorado. A number of weather factors are combining to produce enhanced snowfall numbers north of I-70 and I don’t know if it’s the weather forecasters that are more exited or those locals.

For our area we’ll have to mostly really on orographic snowfall from southwest flow for today’s accumulations. So we should pick up a few inches mainly west of Crested Butte today with continued strong winds from the Southwest. Late this afternoon and tonight we’ll get our share of enhanced snowfall before things start to quiet down as Saturday progresses. Winds will finally start decreasing also on Saturday as the low pressure trough moves over Colorado. A weak high pressure ridge will build as the trough heads east before the next system moves in early next week.