Temperatures averaged 6 to 8 degrees above average
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 “Summit County: 5th-driest March on record”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — After a small “surprise” storm Wednesday night delivered several inches of snow to most of Colorado’s mountains, the outlook is once again murky, as forecasters struggle to decipher a complex storm track for next week.
Bottom line: If you start seeing a flurry of tweets and other messages from the usual suspects about incoming powder, don’t hold your breath just yet. Alright, I’ll name names, what the heck – How did that 6-12 inches work out for you last week, Vail Resorts?
Of course there are always a few crystal-ball gazers and resort boosters who don’t have a problem with putting a potentially misleading spin on the forecast, like this bit, calling for a “changing weather pattern” next week.Turns out that the story is based on another popular forecasting website. But if visit that site, you’ll see that the Colorado outlook actually says something quite different from the way it was interpreted. Continue reading “Weather: The problem with forecasts …”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Lots of hype with this incoming storm, which will probably turn out to be a classic spring-like upslope, with heavy snow along parts of the Front Range and foothills, and hopefully some spillover for the local mountains, especially those near the Continental Divide. Continue reading “Weather: Classic upslope”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Nearly a foot of snow fell overnight in a classic Colorado snowstorm, with heavy waves of precipitation streaking through the mountains on a moist northwest flow. Here’s how it looked in Frisco at daybreak. Continue reading “Morning photo: Snnnoooowwwww!”→
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 “Weather: The storm door is open”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — A fast-moving storm dropping out of the northwest brought a measure of relief to ski areas along the I-70 corridor, with snow totals ranging between 5 and 8 inches at most areas.
Beaver Creek and Echo Mountain both claimed 9 inches of snow, with most of the precipitation falling Saturday during the day. Several resorts reported 8-inch totals, including Vail, Aspen, Buttermilk, Snowmass and Copper Mountain, which has its snowstake cam to prove it.
The storm favored the northern and central mountains, while the San Juans reported less snow, with 4 inches at Telluride and 1 inch at Wolf Creek, which still has the deepest base in the state, at 52 inches.
High pressure will dominate Monday and Tuesday with warming temperatures, making for some of the best ski days of the season so far.
The weather models are still in some disagreement, but there’s a chance for another storm arriving along with some colder air Wednesday, then another warmup late in the week.