Posted on March 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
A digging Pacific trough will favor the San Juans for snowfall.
Dust, fire weather, wind — and maybe a bit of snow for the northern mountains
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — After more than a week of unseasonably warm and dry weather, winter will make somewhat of a comeback in Colorado, as a southward-digging Pacific storm makes its way inland during the second half of the weekend and early next week.
As of Sunday morning, winter storm warnings were up for some southeastern Utah mountains, as well as watches for parts of the West Elks and the Telluride area.
Much of the rest of the West Slope, along with the Eastern Plains, are under a red flag warning, with high winds, warm temps and low humidity combining for dangerous fire conditions. The warning includes the lower elevations of Eagle County. (more…)
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Posted on February 28, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Biggest snow slides of the season expected in southwestern mountains
The backcounry avalanche danger is at the high end of the scale across the Colorado mountains.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A strong storm winding up across Colorado has already dropped up to 2 feet of snow in the Southwestern mountains, leading to an avalanche warning from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The warning is in effect for both the north and south San Juan zones, where another 12 inches could fall by the end of the day. A natural avalanche cycle is expected and backcountry travel is discouraged. Some of the avalanches could be the biggest of the season so far, according to the CAIC. (more…)
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Posted on December 20, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Winter storm warning through Tuesday morning; several more feet expected
A NOAA powerpoint shows Western Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties as the bullseye for snowfall in the past month.
Wet, heavy snow and warm temps could lead to dangerous roof avalanches.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — So far, a weather system billed as a potential epic “storm of the century” has delivered between 10 and 30 inches of wet snow to ski resorts around the state, with totals varying widely depending on location and elevation. The biggest storm totals so far are at Crested Butte and Silverton, with 26 inches in the past 48 hours, with 24 inches at Wolf Creek and 22 inches at Monarch Mountain.
The classic pineapple connection delivered its most powerful punch in the Sierra Nevada, where Mammoth Mountain reported a storm total of 8.5 to 12.5 feet as of Monday morning, with a few more feet expected in the next 24 hours. Read more about the western storm at Storify.com.
Locally, Breckenridge reported 9 inches overnight and 20 inches in the past 48 hours. A-Basin is reporting a 48-hour storm total of 18 inches, with 14 inches at Copper. Keystone is reporting 6 inches overnight, with a 14-inch storm total, with similar totals at Copper and Loveland.
As recently as Sunday, the National Weather Service was predicting snow totals of several feet, potentially between 6 and 8 feet in the mountains around Crested Butte, but warm temperatures have inhibited snowfall rates to some degree. (more…)
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Posted on October 26, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
More snow expected through Tuesday night on slopes favored by northwest flow
A NOAA satellite image shows the jet stream moving in from the Pacific with another swirl of low pressure developing over Hawaii.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The winter storm warning for Summit County and the rest of the Colorado mountains has been extended through 4 p.m. Tuesday, with several more inches of snow expected to accumulate before skies start to dry out Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Some of the National Weather Service models are predicting another six to 12 inches of snow by Tuesday night under an orographic flow favoring the northwestern mountains and northwest facing slopes in particular. (more…)
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Posted on October 25, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
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Plenty of moisture and Pacific energy moving into Colorado is visible in this NOAA satellite image from late Monday night.
Heavy snow, cold temps expected Monday and Tuesday
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Backcountry travelers will have to starting thinking about avalanche hazards, and motorists could face near white-out conditions as a strong cold front moves through the area Monday.
The warmest temperature readings will be early in the morning, before the cold front arrives. Once it passes through, temperatures will drop off quickly, with highs expected to reach only the low 20s through Wednesday, before climbing back above the freezing mark Thursday and Friday. Lows the next few nights will be way down in the low single digits. (more…)
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