Colorado: Storm delivers needed snowfall

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Fresh snow in the Colorado high country.

Monday could see additional accumulations in the high country

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A chilly storm out of the north brought widespread snow to the Colorado high country Saturday afternoon and evening, with most areas reporting between 5 and 8 inches of accumulation. The snow will wind down Sunday with only a few flurries lingering over the higher peaks as temperatures drop to the lowest readings of the season.

Copper, Keystone, A-Basin and Breckenridge all reported about half a foot of snow in the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, with 9 inches at Eldora, 15 inches at Aspen Mountain and 14 inches at Snowmass. Get the full snow report at the CSCUSA website. Continue reading

Weekend weather: Break out the bikes again!

The Climate Prediction Center shows Colorado near the center of an area expected to see above-average temps the next three months.

Fine conditions expected the next few days

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Break out the bikes one more time, because the weekend looks warm and sunny, and perhaps a bit breezy, as high pressure keeps temperatures well above normal into early next week.

The next chance for snow looks to arrive next Wednesday, as forecasters with the National Weather Service are advertising a large scale pattern shift that would bring a broad trough of low pressure inland from the Pacific, with the best chance for precipitation on Wednesday night into Thursday, as moisture and storm energy combine over Colorado.

Until then, look for highs in the mid-to-upper 50s, which is anywhere from 8 to 10 degrees above the average for this time of year. According to WeatherUnderground, the average mid-October high for Frisco is about 48 degrees. Continue reading

Weather: White weekend?

A NOAA satellite image nicely shows the developing storm off the coast of California.

Forecasts coming together for some Friday night snow in the Colorado mountains

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A Pacific storm moving inland late in the week could give parts of the Colorado high country a taste of winter, with widespread precipitation expected Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Snow levels could drop to near 8,000 feet, giving the valley floors their first dusting of the season. Continue reading

Colorado: Weather action stays east of the Divide

Western Colorado expecting coolish, quiet conditions on the weekend

Active weather developing in the Pacific could lead to some snow late next week.

Seasonal weather across the West Slope, with an early taste of winter east of the Divide.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Most of the weather action will be east of the Continental Divide the next few days, with a serious push of cold Arctic air dominating the Front Range and plains, but we’ll get a little taste of winter Saturday especially, when temperatures will be hard-pressed to climb above 40 degrees.

Friday saw temps along the Front Range much chiller than in western Colorado, where Delta, Cortez and Grand Junction all climbed into the mid-70s.

The forecast high of 38 degrees would be 16 degrees below the average high (for Frisco) of 54 degrees for this date, and forecast lows in the high teens are flirting with record levels. The coldest temperature on record for Oct. 6 is 19 degrees, set in 1986. The record high is 69 degrees, set in 1997. Continue reading

‘Extreme’ drought expanding in Colorado

Snowpack is gone, streamflows forecast to be well below average

Some level of drought conditions encompass all of Colorado in this Ma9 update from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY —Extreme drought conditions are expanding in northwest Colorado, covering most of Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties as well as portions of Moffat, Pitkin, and Mesa counties — encompassing about 10 percent of the state in a region with critical watersheds for downstream water users.

Eagle and Summit and Grand counties are designated as being in a severe drought, with streamflows forecast to be well below normal across the region.

The latest update from the U.S. Drought monitor shows all of Colorado now experiencing some level of drought, with Eagle County, for example, experiencing pre-drought, moderate drought and severe drought conditions, depending on the exact location. Continue reading

Summit County: 5th-driest March on record

Temperatures averaged 6 to 8 degrees above average

By the end of March, most of the valleys were snow-free.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — This past month may not have been the driest March ever in the high country, but it was very close. At the official National Weather Service in Dillon, there was measurable precipitation on only four days (March 2,3,4 and 19), adding up to just 3 inches of snow and a paltry 0.20 inches of water, compared to the average 1.42 inches of water and 22 inches of snow.

Temperatures at the Dillon site veered even farther from average, with the average maximum temperature for the month soaring all the way to 47.6 degrees, more than 8 degrees above the long-term average of 39 degrees. The average low temperature for the month was 13.9 degrees, compared to the average 7.6 degrees. Continue reading

This year’s La Niña a ‘head-scratching enigma’

Weird winter continues with spring storms in February

An interesting seasonal precipitation picture in Colorado.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — With the latest outlook calling for La Niña to fade away during the next few months, some climatologists are scratching their heads over this winter’s somewhat unusual weather pattern in Colorado, which saw a reversal of historic snowfall trends.

“It’s an enigma,” said Klaus Wolter, with the CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center. In an email updating the SWCasts website, Wolter wrote: Record-snow around here in early February is not  something I would typically associate with La Niña, but will come in handy if the mountains west of us remain starved for moisture (despite some minor storms during the upcoming week).” Continue reading

Weather: Another wind storm … really?

High winds expected over northern Colorado mountains and foothills tonight. Click on the image to visit the National Weather Service website.

Strong jet stream to usher in some needed Pacific moisture along with some dangerous travel conditions in the high country

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the third time this fall and winter, Colorado’s north-central mountains could get blasted by another round of unusually high winds this week, with winds blowing at 30 to 50 mph and gusts of 90 mph and stronger over the peaks and ridges of the high country.

The strongest winds are expected along the Continental Divide and in the Front Range mountains and foothills, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a high wind warning covering Summit County and eastward. The warning is in effect from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday. Continue reading

Weather: The storm door is open

A juicy storm is lining up to drop several inches of new snow across Colorado Monday.

Prolonged period of wet weather possible for Colorado

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Dust off your snow shovel and powder skis, because all the forecast models are now in agreement that the Colorado mountains will see widespread snow this week, with the heaviest precipitation ( 1 to 2 feet) initially over the San Juans and West Elks, where a winter storm warning is already in effect.

The big ridge of high pressure that shoved early seasons storms north and south of Colorado is gone for, and the subtropical jet stream and polar jet stream are converging over Colorado to fuel what could be the biggest storm of the season so far. Continue reading

Colorado weather: Hang on to your hat!

The main storm track is just north of Colorado, with strong winds forecast Thursday night and Friday in the Colorado mountains.

High wind warning issued for high country, foothills and Front Range

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — We’re printing the shirts right now — “La Niña came to town and all we got was a lousy windstorm.”

That’s the weather story for the next few days, as a strong northwest flow returns to the West. Unfortunately for the Colorado Rockies, the storm track will stay just to the north, bringing powder to the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, but mostly bypassing the resorts along the I-70 corridor.

After a few passing waves brush the area through the weekend, high pressure returns for the start of the new year, potentially lingering right through the end of the forecast period. Continue reading

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