Mountain Weather

Date: 01/04/2017

Buckle your seat belts. Over the next 30 hours, the Elk Mountains dive straight into the belly of the atmospheric beast. Snowfall started after midnight, and this morning a few stations have already seen 3″/hour rates. A river of Pacific moisture is pouring into Colorado with good dynamic jet support. These two ingredients alone are forecasted to bring 1″/hour rates all day. A few embedded waves will bring stronger pulses at times. We’ll see moderate westerly alpine winds this morning, intensifying through the afternoon ahead of the cold front, reaching strong to extreme speeds by sunset. The cold front begins to sag south overnight, and snowfall rates spike after midnight, reaching 3″/hour just before sunrise. Tomorrow, winds begin to ease and snowfall starts to taper as the system moves east.