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Snow & Powder Forecasts for Colorado

Abasin opens on Friday, storm recap, searching for next snowstorm

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Summary

Monday's storm dropped 10-12 inches on the foothills east of the divide, an average of 3 inches on the mountains west of the divide, though a few spots did better with 8 inches at Crested Butte. For the rest of this week, we'll see dry and cool weather which will allow Arapahoe Basin to open on Friday. Our next chances for snow will be on Saturday evening and the following weekend.

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Short Term Forecast

First up, Arapahoe Basin announced that they are opening on Friday, October 13th. The recent cool weather helped them to produce a lot of snow, so the season kicks off on Friday.

http://opensnow.com/news/post/arapahoe-basin-will-open-for-the-2017-18-season-on-friday-october-13

Recap of Storm #8

The storm during this past Sunday night and Monday moved through about as expected. The deepest amounts of 10-12 inches were in the foothills east of the divide and west of Denver. The Denver metro area did see measurable snowfall, and the mountains west of the divide averaged about 3 inches.

Of course, there are always a few surprises. Crested Butte's 8 inches was a surprise and was due to luck as they happened to be directly under an area of heavier snow the was created by the center of the storm tracking right over them. Monarch also did well, with about 6-8 inches by the look of their picture below. Monarch's snowfall was more predictable as they can do well with a wind from the east.

A few pictures...

And here's a beautiful post-storm picture from the Aspen area.

Last thing about the past storm...

In my post on Friday, October 6th (http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado/post/8742), I showed a forecast from the high-resolution 3km WRF that predicted ~10 inches at Steamboat and said that this was highly unlikely since Steamboat would see a wind from the east which is NOT favorable for snow. The reality was that Steamboat received about 2 inches early in the storm, and then the wind from the east strengthened which effectively killed the snow. To understand this effect at Steamboat, I think there needs to be a 1km model, not a 3km model. I'll keep searching...

Next storm

The weather will be quiet for the rest of the week. Then the next storm will bring a brief shot of snow (1-3 inches) to the northern mountains on Saturday night. This storm is already bringing precipitation to the northwest and will take a few days to get to Colorado.

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Extended Forecast

Most of next week will be dry and warm, with the cold air and snow hanging well to our northwest.

Our next chance for a storm will be around the weekend of October 21/22.

Thanks for reading!

JOEL GRATZ

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Geography Key

Northern Mountains
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, Abasin, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass

East of the Divide
Eldora, Echo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass

Central Mountains
Aspen, Sunlight, Monarch, Crested Butte, Irwin, Powderhorn

Southern Mountains
Telluride, Silverton – north side of the southern mountains | Purgatory, Wolf Creek – south side of the southern mountains

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