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Short Range Forecast Discussion

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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Monday, December 22, 2014 - After additional snowfall on top of already awesome totals today, a strong cold front moves through as snow continues tonight, heavy at times mainly on northwest facing slopes. Southwest Colorado will be less favored, but will still see respectable totals for the most part. Snow clears out slowly Tuesday morning as low pressure moves out and high pressure builds in briefly. Tuesday looks quite cold in a clearing trend. We expect no snow through Wednesday, then snow moves in Christmas day, mainly late, and significant again, but not as heavy as the current storm, though Aspen-Snowmass should receive another 1 foot+ dump. This period of snow continues through Friday, and all areas get in on the act (significant snow). We see a short break (Saturday looks incredible if you like significant new snow + sun) on Saturday, then more significant snow moves in late Saturday and Sunday. The Sat/ Sun storm favors northwest facing slopes across northern Colorado, but Aspen-Snowmass does well also. Conditions are expected to be really incredible everywhere.
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(please see the longer range forecasts toward the bottom of this page) CM

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RESORT INFO ↑10° ↓1° ↑23° ↓10°
  • Last Update 22 Dec @ 10:12
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 9 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 11 in
  • Season Total 75 in
  • Average Base Depth 45 in
Comments
12in, past 72 hrs. Snow surface is powder and packed powder.
Today's Snow Potential
10 to 15 inches of snowfall
What's Open?
  • Trails109 of 143
  • Lifts22 of 26
  • Acreage1274 of 3081 (77%)
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails28 (85%)
  • Trails with Snow Making22 (10%)
22 Monday ↑10° ↓1° ↑23° ↓10°
Sky Condition
Cloudy and progressively colder, with scattered to numerous snow showers, heavy at times, and with gusty winds (large areas of blowing and drifting snow). Most snow falls during operating hours.
Precipitation
Snow definite
Snow Potential
10 to 15 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; W at 10-20mph, becoming NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph. Above timberline; Increasing to NW at 40 to 50 gusts to 70mph.
23 Tuesday ↑-3° ↓-8° ↑12° ↓2°
Sky Condition
Cloudy and colder, with lingering snow showers through the morning. Skies clear to partly cloudy by afternoon, and winds continue gusty.
Precipitation
50% chance for snow in the morning
Snow Potential
1 to 3 inches of snowfall in the morning
Wind
Base; NW at 5-15mph, becoming NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph. Above timberline; Increasing to NW at 30 to 45 gusts to 60mph.
24 Wednesday ↑14° ↓-1° ↑30° ↓-8°
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder, with less wind (but still gusty).
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; Increasing to NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph.
25 Thursday ↑17° ↓11° ↑32° ↓5°
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy becoming cloudy, with developing snow showers during the day (mostly light). Snow continues through the night, heavy at times (most snow should fall after resort close).
Precipitation
Scattered snow showers, snow likely
Snow Potential
3 to 6 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; SW at 5-15mph, becoming SW at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; Increasing to SW at 20 to 30 gusts to 45mph.
26 Friday ↑4° ↓1° ↑19° ↓9°
Sky Condition
Cloudy and cold with less wind, and significant snow through the day, decreasing overnight.
Precipitation
Snow likely (60%)
Snow Potential
6 to 10 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; NW at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph.
27 Saturday ↑14° ↓-4° ↑29° ↓-8°
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder, with increasing west winds (approaching storm). Clouds increase and snow showers develop mainly after midnight.
Precipitation
40% chance for snow overnight
Snow Potential
Snow begins Saturday night, but mostly on Sunday
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming SW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; Increasing to SW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 28 December to 07 January, 2014 - COLORADO/ NEW MEXICO: Next week (starting the 29th), we expect lingering light snow (Monday), then high pressure builds in from the southwest US. We expect storm-blocking higher pressure ridging to build in across the area, with more sunshine and less potential for any snow through New Years day (though there is a chance for snow toward New Years day and afterward). Following this we expect fairly frequent storms. More details are coming. NORTHWEST US and SOUTHWEST CANADA: A snow storm moves through Saturday and Sunday (27th-28th) with a good shot of snow, some heavy, then high pressure pushes in across the area from the southwest US and eastern Pacific starting Monday (29th), with some occasional storms moving through at times, causing snow showers at times, between plenty of sun through New Years day and beyond. Southwest Canada (Alberta/ British Columbia) should see more snow potential than Inland Northwest ski resorts, as the storms are a more direct hit when they move in. Christmas -> It looks like the Inland Northwest will see a white Christmas, showing up in the form of a cold storm Christmas eve/ Christmas morning for Coeur d'Alene/ Spokane). TAHOE/ MAMMOTH/ NORTHERN SIERRA; After Christmas and through New Years day we are seeing dry weather under a ridge of high pressure, with mostly sunny skies and cool to milder than usual temperatures. Not much wind is expected. SOUTHWEST US AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; Mostly dry with high pressure ridging dominating through the end of the year. This outlook includes southern California resort areas like Mountain High. UTAH looks like it will be clipped (northern Utah) with storms moving into a trough located to the east, but mostly sunny skies dominate more than the occasional storms, under a more dominant upper-level ridge of high pressure. That said, some decent shots of snow are possible between Christmas weekend and New Years, but mostly after New Years day (better chances for snow after the 1st of January). WYOMING/ MONTANA We expect high pressure to set up across the southwest US, with storms again targeting the Pacific Northwest/ southwest Canada, and Wyoming/ Montana, for fairly regular snow storms and cold temperatures the 27th and through New Years day, and even better (for snow) afterward. CM

Longer Range Outlook

December 2014, we are in a weak El Nino Sea Surface Temperature pattern across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific. (prior forecast-->) Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies yield a weak El Nino pattern across the eastern Equatorial Pacific (El Nino development is on track, but it will be weak, still somewhat favorable for California (Tahoe-Mammoth/ SoCal) and the desert Southwest, plus southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico), like this season has shown so far.

Current SST pattern- El Nino

A weak El Nino (or possible "neutral" pattern) is expected for this winter, into early 2015.

Current SST pattern- El Nino

Northwest US areas, and southwest Canada, along with northern Colorado through Wyoming and the northern Rocky Mountains, should expect a drier than average, or near average snowfall winter (2014-2015). Tahoe/ Mammoth should see near average snowfall, with near average snowfall also expected across southern California and northern Arizona resorts. CM

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