Soft turns will be found on Saturday morning, along with mostly sunny skies and only a few passing clouds/showers through Sunday afternoon. Clouds and chances for snow increase for all mountains on Sunday night and into Monday. Good shot for snow east of the divide on Monday night and again for all mountains on Wednesday and Thursday. Drier outlook to start April.
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Short Term Forecast
Our latest round of snow played out about as expected for most, with a few locations pumping out higher than expected totals. Below is the 24-hour breakdown for all resorts.
Beaver Creek: 12"
Ski Cooper: 6"
Arapahoe Basin: 4"
Winter Park: 4"
Aspen Highlands: 11"
Crested Butte: 7"
Aspen Mountain: 5"
Wolf Creek: 8"
I feel pretty good about all of these totals, with the exception being Beaver Creek, Steamboat, and Vail. This storm featured a firehose of moisture and it looks like we had the primary wind shift just enough to the west and slightly northwest on Friday to give the highest totals to the above locations.
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The upper elevations will be soft and surfy on Saturday morning
Moving onto the forecast, mostly sunny skies
Our next weather-maker will then begin to make its presence felt during the second half of Sunday with clouds and chances for snow through Sunday night. Totals will range from a dusting to a few inches through Monday morning.
We'll then be watching for the storm to slow down and spin over the Desert Southwest come Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning. This will combine with a decent cold front from the north and increased moisture throughout eastern Colorado to give areas east of the divide a good shot for snow on Monday night, with lighter totals for all other locations.
Below is a look at the latest European ensemble snow forecast for Echo Mountain, which is located just west of Denver and south of Idaho Springs. The top graphic provides 51 variations of the model, while the bottom graphic pulls together the ensemble mean.
In total, locations east of the divide (RMNP, Eldora, Echo Mountain, Monarch) will be looking at 3-6 inches, with 1-3 inches elsewhere across the state. The softest turns will be found on Tuesday morning for the areas mentioned above.
Looking further ahead, I'm beginning to have slightly more confidence on a quick-moving system from the north on Wednesday and into Thursday. This doesn't look overly impressive but it could provide another nice refresh for all areas.
We'll then likely turn dry heading into the final days of March and into the first week of April. Colorado will be right on the edge of the main storm track to our north and only a slight shift south could bring us back into the party so always, stay tuned for the latest update each morning.
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Steamboat, Granby, Beaver Creek, Vail, Ski Cooper, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Abasin, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass, Eldora, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass
Along the Divide
Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass
East of the Divide
Eldora, Echo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass
Aspen, Sunlight, Monarch, Crested Butte, Irwin, Powderhorn
Telluride, Silverton – north side of the southern mountains | Purgatory, Wolf Creek – south side of the southern mountains
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