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Wolf Creek
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Colorado
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Short Range Forecast Discussion

Mostly sunny today/ Some clouds and mostly light showers starting across southwest Colorado tonight, continuing Saturday/ Clearing on Sunday/ Mostly sunny Monday and Tuesday

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Forecast updated for Friday, April 18, 2014

Skies have cleared out this morning as high pressure ridges in again. We remain under a mostly high pressure ridging aloft regime today (mostly sunny), but tonight and Saturday we expect a weakened upper-level low pressure disturbance to move in with some clouds and light showers across the area, along with high snow levels. Southwest Colorado is favored with moderate snow in places, as this system mostly hugs the southern Colorado border with most moisture and dynamics (weak). Skies clear as low pressure moves out on Sunday, then Monday and Tuesday look mostly sunny and warmer, in advance of a cold Pacific low that will be developing. Please be sure to log-in and favorite your resort forecasts so you save time. CM

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11,904 ft
10,300 ft
1,604 ft
2 miles
RESORT INFO ↑36°  2c° ↓28°  -2c° MID MTN
  • Last Update 08 Apr @ 06:04
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 361 in
  • Average Base Depth 0 in
Comments
None Reported
Today's Snow Potential
3 to 5 inches of snowfall
What's Open?
  • Trails0 of 77
  • Lifts0 of 7
  • Acreage0 of 1600 (0%)
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNone
19 Saturday ↑36°  2c° ↓28°  -2c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Cloudy and cooler, with scattered to numerous snow showers and near 9,000 foot snow levels.
Precipitation
Snow likely
Snow Potential
3 to 5 inches of snowfall
Wind
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 10-20mph.
20 Sunday ↑39°  4c° ↓28°  -2c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with lingering snow showers, clearing to partly cloudy and milder.
Precipitation
Isolated showers in the morning
Snow Potential
A trace early
Wind
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 10-20mph.
21 Monday ↑45°  7c° ↓30°  -1c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder with drier air.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming W at 10-20mph.
22 Tuesday ↑43°  6c° ↓28°  -2c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and warm with windy conditions developing.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming SW at 10-20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; Increasing to SW at 20-30 gusts to 45mph.
23 Wednesday ↑36°  2c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy
Precipitation
None Expected
Snow Potential
None Expected
Wind
From the SW at 21 to 29 MPH.
24 Thursday ↑30°  -1c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy
Precipitation
None Expected
Snow Potential
None Expected
Wind
From the WSW at 10 to 21 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 23 April to 03 May, 2014 - Another low pressure system moves in next Wednesday through Friday (4 days or so between storms) with potential snowfall, and potentially significant for any area as it may track south also. We may see this followed by high pressure ridging aloft next Saturday and for a few+ days (26th on). Winter is not over yet for the Colorado high country, but it seems to be tapering off, in general. CM

Longer Range Outlook

As of now, April 2014, we are continuing to be affected by an ENSO-Neutral, or La Nada Sea Surface Temperature pattern across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific (SSTs near to slightly below average).

Current SST pattern- La Nada

The larger time-scale SST pattern in place right now is a cool phase PDO, or negative PDO, which stands for Pacific Decadal Oscillation. This is a more long term pattern (decades), and it has made any recent years El Nino SST patterns weaker.

We expect the ENSO Neutral, or La Nada pattern (almost a La Nina) to continue, and in the last 30 days we have seen more of a La Nina pattern develop with colder SST's along the eastern Equatorial Pacific and even the region 3.4 always referred to, though less so in 3.4. We are not seeing the trend toward El Nino yet.

Since we are seeing an actual cooling of the eastern Equatorial Pacific in the last month, and not much change in the 3.4 region, we expect this to not bode well for a shift out of a La Nada pattern, yet. If we start to see warming in the region mentioned, then we expect a potential strengthening jet stream across the Pacific, and increased moisture in general for Pacific storms as they move in more directly off the Pacific. We will keep this outlook updated as more information becomes available. If you want to know when the snow is coming (and be able to set unlimited alerts for any resort), within 5 minutes or less of us (our our sources) entering the data into any of our forecasts, be sure to download the app.

Wolf Creek operates on 1,600 acres spread along a high alpine ridge in the Rio Grande National Forest, under a U.S. Forest Service permit and administration. The uniqueness of Wolf Creek lies in the 1,000 acres between Horseshoe Bowl and the Water Fall area, which is called the Alberta Lift area. This wilderness provides everything from challenging double black diamond runs of the Knife Ridge chutes to a variety of intermediate terrain where navigation skills are called into action. Groomed runs are also a part of the scheme complimenting the excitement and challenge of the Alberta Lift area. The traditional trails are the main core of Wolf Creek with 6 lifts servicing 500 acres of terrain all leading into the base area facilities. Wolf Creek Ski Area is one of Colorado's oldest and finest ski resorts that receives an average annual snowfall of 465 natural inches, the most snow in Colorado! Their trademark is friendly employees and abundant light powder. Wolf Creek is a high alpine ski resort, 10,300 ft at the base and 11,900 ft at the summit with 1,600 skiable acres. Wolf Creek offers a better ski experience at a very affordable price.

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