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Thursday April 24th 2014 8:50am MDT

Summary:

Sunday looks like a powder day for most mountains, and Monday morning might be fantastic as well at Abasin and Loveland. Cool temperatures and light snow should persist through much of next week.

Details:

Thursday and Friday will be sunny and dry. Enjoy the calm and warmth before the weekend storm!

Saturday will be a transition day as our storm will be approaching but it won't be here quite yet. During the afternoon and evening, the mountains north of the San Juans might see an inch or two in random showers, while the San Juans could see a few inches by early evening.

On Saturday night the brunt of the storm will move through Colorado with cooler temperatures and winds switching from southwest to west and northwest. Most mountains will see about 6 inches on Saturday night into Sunday morning, with a few inches more than that in the southern half of the state (roughly from Aspen to the south) and a few inches less than that north of Aspen.

On Sunday, the heaviest snow will fall from Aspen north to I-70 where there could be 5-8+ inches while 2-4 inches falls in the southern half of the state. Sunday looks like a legitimate powder day for most areas as there will be fresh snow and cool temperatures. The latest models show colder air than previous models, and if this forecast verifies, we could see temperatures around 20 degrees at 10,000ft, which would mean this powder day will ski more like mid winter than late April.

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Temperature forecast for 10,000ft by the American NAM model for Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will be cold enough for snow to accumulate down to 7,000ft, or perhaps even lower. Source: Twisterdata.com

Snow showers will continue on Sunday night, so Abasin and Loveland should offer another great powder day on Monday morning.

Long Range:

The west-to-east flow of weather across the US will be blocked by a large high pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean. This means that our weekend storm won't be able to move east and will instead hang out over the midwest and Mississippi Valley for most of next week. As the storm hangs out, waves of energy will rotate around the storm and brush Colorado from time-to-time. It is impossible to forecast the details of these waves, but it looks likely that cool air will stay over Colorado for most of next week and the mountains will see times of snow with additional accumulations. Welcome to spring in the Rockies:-)

I'm heading to Texas for one week starting this weekend to do some hiking and then try out kitesurfing at South Padre Island (I'm a skier, not a boarder, so this is going to be interesting...). I'll do my best to update the Colorado Daily Snow from the road, but will have limited internet access on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so please be patient with me as the updates might be posted at random times. That said, don't worry about any future updates and just go skiing on Sunday and again on Monday morning and enjoy some of the final powder turns of the season!

JOEL GRATZ

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I wrote two articles you might enjoy:

Where will the snow fall next season: http://opsw.co/RuMpRL

Two pieces of gear that changed my skiing: http://opsw.co/1lfY8fz

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Wednesday April 23rd 2014 8:25am MDT

Summary:

A few snow showers on Wednesday, then dry Thursday and Friday. A significant storm will bring snow Saturday night through Sunday with 10+ inches for many mountains over 9,000 feet. Snow showers could continue through Monday in northern Colorado. Sunday should be a legititate powder day, and this might be true of Monday morning as well.

Details:

An inch or two of snow fell on Tuesday night across central and northern Colorado as a moisture-starved storm moved across the Rockies. Another batch of energy will cross Colorado during the day on Wednesday and this will create additional snow showers with perhaps another inch or two of accumulation at higher elevations.

Then the storm will move away from Colorado Wednesday night, and Thursday and Friday will be dry.

The significant storm for this upcoming weekend is on track, and the models are finally becoming a bit more consistent in their forecasts. 

Saturday will likely be a windy day with a few snow showers and low accumulations, though the San Juans might see a few inches by dark.

The brunt of the storm will hit Colorado on Saturday night and Sunday. My initial thought about snow accumulations on Saturday night is that the heaviest snow, 5-8 inches, will fall from Aspen and south to the San Juans, and 3-5 inches will accumulate from I-70 and north. Then on Sunday, the reverse will happen with the northern mountains seeing more snow (6+ inches?) while the central and southern mountains see less, perhaps 2-4 inches.

Even though the accumulation forecast isn't dialed in just yet, I'm rather confident that Sunday will be a powder day, with snow falling down to 8,000 feet, and the best accumulations above 10,000 feet.

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Saturday night's storm will be a powerful one as it strengthens in southeastern Colorado. Source: Twisterdata.com

On the backside of the storm, snow showers will likely continue Sunday night through Monday, so there might be back-to-back powder days at Loveland and Abasin since they'll be open daily next week. There's even a chance that snowflakes continue to fall on Monday and Monday night along the divide, with soft snow at these two mountains on Tuesday morning as well.

To sum up, Sunday should be a powder day at most mountains, with additional powder available at Loveland and Abasin on Monday.

Long Range:

Our weekend storm will move east verrrry sloowwwwwly next week, so snow showers and clouds might hang around the divide through the middle of the week. Warmer and drier weather should eventually return from the middle of next week through the first few days of May.

JOEL GRATZ

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I wrote two articles you might enjoy:

Where will the snow fall next season: http://opsw.co/RuMpRL

Two pieces of gear that changed my skiing: http://opsw.co/1lfY8fz

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Tuesday April 22nd 2014 8:52am MDT

Summary:

Breezy on Tuesday with a few showers, then a few inches of snow on Wednesday with cooler temperatures. The next storm will bring snow to most mountains on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with Sunday and Monday being potential powder days with double-digit snow totals. Stay tuned!

Details:

The big story today, Tuesday, will be the winds which will kick up in the afternoon and evening. They will blow from the southwest, so it's likely that they will bring in dust from Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. A few showers might pop up later Tuesdsay into Tuesday evening, but these showers will only hit a few mountains here and there.

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Tuesday morning satellite annimation showing the center of the storm swirling west of Seatle in the upper-left part of the image. Source: Weathertap.com

A cold front will move across Colorado on Wednesday morning, and the colder air behind the front will support midday and afternoon snow showers with a few inches of accumulation.

Then Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday will be dry with the real fun arriving over the weekend.

Long Range:

I'm confident that we'll see a slow-moving storm this weekend with snow falling above 8,000 feet on Saturday, Sunday, and potentially into Monday as well. Sunday and Monday could be powder days at the resorts that are still spinning lifts, so you might want to trade your bikes for your skis or snowboard. Storm totals could be 10+ inches.

I'm not confident of the timing and location of the heaviest snow. When storms slow down and take a wobbly path, they are much harder to predict than when they move quickly along a more direct path. I don't think the forecast models will come into agreement until Wednesday afternoon or Thursday, so check back for updates as I'll be posting daily through the week.

JOEL GRATZ

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I wrote two articles you might find interesting:

Where will the snow fall next season: http://opsw.co/RuMpRL

Two pieces of gear that changed my skiing: http://opsw.co/1lfY8fz

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Monday April 21st 2014 9:52am MDT

Summary:

A cold front will bring a few inches of snow to most mountains on Wednesday. Then a colder and more significant storm will bring snow Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Watch out for some late-season powder days!

Details:

Monday will be dry, then winds will increase on Tuesday afternoon with blowing dust likely and perhaps an afternoon shower or storm. A cold front will move through Colorado Wednesday morning or midday, and this will drop snow levels to about 8,000 feet with 2-4 inches likely for most mountains during the day on Wednesday and continuing into Wednesday evening.

Thursday and Friday will be dry, then the fun begins over the weekend.

Long Range:

While I still have little confidence in the details of next weekend, most models agree that the weather pattern will become stormy across the west with lots of precipitation. Colorado will likely see snow on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and perhaps even Tuesday morning. Temperatures will cool and snow levels will drop below 8,000 feet, so any resorts that are open next weekend (and into early next week) will see all snow with no threat of rain like we saw this past weekend.

It's hard to figure snow totals since there's little certainty of the location and strength of the storm. However, the models are consistently forecasting 1-2 inches of precipitation, and that would translate into 10+ inches for many areas.

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Precipitation forecast from the American GFS model for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Colorado should see significant snow, as should most other mountains across the west. Source: Twisterdata.com

I'll keep updating the Colorado Daily Snow through the week so stay tuned for more about next weekend's storm!

JOEL GRATZ

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I wrote two articles you might find interesting:

Where will the snow fall next season: http://opsw.co/RuMpRL

Two pieces of gear that changed my skiing: http://opsw.co/1lfY8fz

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Sunday April 20th 2014 8:28am MDT

Summary:

Another round of afternoon rain and snow showers on Sunday, then Monday will be dry. Look for strong winds Tuesday afternoon, then a few inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday should be dry, then we might see an extended period of cooler weather and snow from Saturday through Sunday and Monday. Sunday the 27th through Tuesday morning the 29th might actually be powder days at Abasin and Loveland ... stay tuned.

Details:

Yesterday was dry through early afternoon, then the storms popped up between about 2pm and 8pm with rain and snow showers over many mountain areas. Accumulations were light for most locations with just an inch or two falling over 10,000 feet. The exception was in Summit County where a strong cell brought a quick 4-6 inches of snow to Keystone, Breckenridge, Abasin, and Loveland between about 6-8pm, mainly above 10,500 feet. 

Today, Sunday, will be similar to Saturday but with fewer showers. The first half of the day will be dry and partly to mostly sunny, then clouds and showers will develop by the afternoon. Most models are showing that the heaviest showers will wait to fall until after 6pm, but the models do not handle convection very well (pop-up storms due to afternoon heating), so I don't have a lot of confidence in that timing...the showers could pop up earlier than 6pm. Like Saturday, the highest elevations might see a few inches from the heaviest showers.

Then Monday and Tuesday will be dry, with winds increasing on Tuesday afternoon. These winds will likely bring dust from the southwest on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

A cold front will move across Colorado on Tuesday night, and this should trigger a few showers Tuesday night through Wednesday, with 1-3 or 2-4 inches of snow across the northern 2/3rds of Colorado by midday Wednesday. Temperatures will be cooler than this weekend, so the snow level should drop to about 8,000 feet.

Then Thursday and Friday will be dry.

Long Range:

Next weekend looks very interesting. Most models are showing a single storm or multiple waves of energy hitting Colorado between Saturday the 26th and Monday the 28th. This storm (or series of storms) will bring in colder air, and we have a legitimate shot of late April powder days on Sunday, Monday, and perhaps Tuesday morning.

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Long-range forecast from the American GFS model for next Sunday, showing that a storm is likely over Colorado. Source: Weatherbell.com

With temperatures well below freezing and multiple days of snow, I like our chances of a powder day in about a week. I believe that the only resorts open next Monday and Tuesday will be Abasin and Loveland, which would work out just fine as their higher elevation is what we need for good late-season powder. One of my best powder days last year was on May 1st at Loveland ... these late-season dumps can be fantastic!

JOEL GRATZ

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I wrote two articles you might find interesting:

Where will the snow fall next season: http://opsw.co/RuMpRL

Two pieces of gear that changed my skiing: http://opsw.co/1lfY8fz

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