Mountain Weather 1/30/2016

CB Avalanche Center Weather

Date: 01/30/2016

A deep plume of moisture is stretched this morning from the Hawaii Islands into Colorado, packing pineapples, hula dancers, and significant snowfall for the Elk Mountains this weekend. The initial warm phase of this storm is under-performing thus far, with no new snow as of 5 a.m. An impressive band of precipitation is stretched across I-80 from San Francisco to Salt Lake City on the radar this morning. We’ll see dynamic support improve towards the latter half of the day as the jet stream sags over Colorado, and that is when the first big flakes should fly, along with increased wind speeds. The best forcing and heaviest snowfall arrive as the cold front pushes through after sunset. A deepening low moves towards the Four Corners on Sunday, with good atmospheric lift, fueling additional snowfall into early next week.