Colorado Daily Snow

Dry this weekend, light snow returns on Monday night

Summary

This weekend, the skies will be clear and temperatures will warm. Our next chance for snow and colder air will be from Monday night to Tuesday night, primarily focused on the northern mountains. After that, most of later next week and next weekend will be dry. Then stormier weather should return during the week of October 25-29.

Short Term Forecast

On Friday morning, we had lingering snow showers and cold temperatures, then the rest of the day was partly to mostly sunny with warming temperatures.

Now on Saturday morning, temperatures at higher elevations are about 10°F warmer than they were on Friday morning. It's still cold enough for snowmaking, but conditions, especially higher up, are not as perfect as they were on Friday.

Weatherwise, the weekend will be quiet with mostly sunny skies and maybe just a few rogue showers on Sunday evening. The radar on Saturday morning shows nothing at all over most of the western US.

Weekend Openings

Wolf Creek will open on Saturday and Sunday with beginner terrain and some top-to-bottom trails as well. Details here.

And Arapahoe Basin will open for the season starting on Sunday with one trail on the lower half of the mountain. Details here.

Enjoy the inbounds turns if you're heading out. And if you are out in the backcountry, have fun and remember that the base is still shallow:-)

Extended Forecast

There will be two chances for snow during the next 10 days.

The first storm will bring snow to the northern mountains from Monday evening through Tuesday evening. This storm will be reasonably strong and will have decent moisture, but its track will be too far north to bring that much snow to Colorado.

The multi-model forecast for Steamboat and surrounding mountains shows a low-end range, from 1-6 inches.

While the snow will be nice to see, the primary benefit of next week's storm will be cooler air that should aid snowmaking efforts across the northern mountains.

Later next week through next weekend (October 20-24) should be mostly dry. There will be some storm energy floating around the western US, so maybe we'll see some clouds and perhaps a few showers, but overall this time period looks warm and dry.

The next chance for more snow and colder temperatures should be during the final week of October, roughly from October 25-29. It's too soon to pinpoint any day that has a better chance for snow, but the week-long snow forecast averaged from 52 versions of the European model shows action across the west, including Colorado, and that's a pretty strong signal for 10+ days from now.

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Upcoming Talks

Save the dates! These talks will be in person and subject to some COVID restrictions so that we all stay as safe as possible while getting excited about the season.

  • Wednesday, November 3: Denver
  • Thursday, November 11: Breckenridge

I'm posting every day now, so look for my next forecast on Sunday morning.

Thanks for reading!

JOEL GRATZ

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Geography Key

Northern Mountains
Steamboat, Bluebird Backcountry, Granby, Beaver Creek, Vail, Ski Cooper, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, 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

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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