Mountain Weather, March 23, 2018

CB Avalanche CenterWeather

Date: 03/23/2018

Last night, the National Weather Service described this storm as holding record-breaking levels of moisture for a late March storm. The hitch is that the storm lacks the uplift and cooling necessary to drive historic snowfall.
That said, a lot of water has fallen out of the sky and there’s more on the way this morning. Current snowfall totals above 11,000′ range from 6″ to 8″ as of 6am, but that snow contains over an inch of water, meaning it’s unusually dense snow. The highest precipitation rates of this storm are yet to come, with a rager of a blizzard this morning above treeline.
By early afternoon, the storm will taper off, just in time for a sharp uptick in Westerly winds for the afternoon.
The good news for the Grand Traversers is that tonight, the winds will die down, temperatures will cool, making for an incredibly pleasant ski running conditions. Given the high moisture content in this snow, don’t forget to wax your skins.

  • Today

    High Temperature: 32, falling throughout the day
    Winds/Direction: 20 to 30, gusting to 50 in the PM
    Sky Cover: Overcast
    Irwin Snow: 10″ to 12″
    Elkton Snow: 10″ to 12″
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 8″ to 10″

    In downtown Crested Butte, we’ll be lucky to pick up 2″ of dense snow.

  • Tonight

    Low Temperature: 10, colder above 12,000′
    Winds/Direction: 5 to 10, West
    Sky Cover: Partly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0

  • Tomorrow

    High Temperature: 35
    Winds/Direction: 10 to 20, gusting to 30, Southwest
    Sky Cover: Mostly Cloudy
    Irwin Snow: 0
    Elkton Snow: 0
    Friend’s Hut Snow: 0