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Short Range Forecast Discussion

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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Saturday, November 22, 2014 - We are on track to get slammed with snow this weekend, big time! If its not wintry enough yet, Saturday through Monday will make that transition for you, and a decent additional snowfall on Tuesday will cap it all off... A lot of snow is expected, especially west and northwest facing slopes, though Aspen should receive multiple feet from this stormy period. A very strong Pacific storm packing lots of wind, moisture, and dynamics blasts through Colorado, with northern areas (including Aspen-Snowmass) receiving the most snow. The storm moves out Monday night, with Tuesday morning possibly one of the best early season scenarios you would ever expect to see, as the sun comes out on the newly fallen huge dump of snow. Wednesday through Friday look like great days to show up also, if you like snow + sunshine, as high pressure ridging slowly builds in and clouds become scarce (mostly sunny). (please see the longer range forecasts toward the bottom of this page) CM

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RESORT INFO ↑27°  -3c° ↓10°  -12c° MID MTN
  • Last Update 23 Nov @ 05:11
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 1 in
  • Average Base Depth 18 in
Comments
1in, past 72 hours. Snow surface is machine groomed and variable conditions.
Today's Snow Potential
3 to 6 inches of snowfall
What's Open?
  • Trails4 of 97
  • Lifts6 of 20
  • Acreage33 of 3170 (5%)
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails4 (100%)
23 Sunday ↑27°  -3c° ↓10°  -12c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Cloudy and becoming colder (cold front), windy, and with continued snow, morning through overnight, and heavy at times. Areas of blowing and drifting snow are again possible.
Precipitation
Snow definite
Snow Potential
3 to 6 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; W at 5-15mph, becoming W/ NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; W at 20 to 30 gusts to 45mph.
24 Monday ↑25°  -4c° ↓5°  -15c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Continued cloudy with snow off and on through the day, less wind, much colder air, and snow decreasing/ ending overnight.
Precipitation
Snow definite
Snow Potential
2 to 4 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; NW at 5-15mph, becoming NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 45mph.
25 Tuesday ↑32°  0c° ↓14°  -10c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy becoming cloudy, with snow developing late day, continuing through evening, and mostly ending overnight.
Precipitation
50% chance for snow
Snow Potential
1 to 2 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph. Above timberline; NW at 20 to 35 gusts to 60mph.
26 Wednesday ↑43°  6c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy, milder, and windy.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 45mph.
27 Thursday ↑43°  6c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy
Precipitation
None Expected
Snow Potential
None Expected
Wind
From the W at 4 to 7 MPH.
28 Friday ↑45°  7c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy
Precipitation
None Expected
Snow Potential
None Expected
Wind
From the SW at 4 to 7 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 25 November to 04 December, 2014 - (we will be updating this for tomorrow morning's forecast) Next Wednesday through Friday we expect dry conditions under a brief ridge of high pressure acrss the central Rocky Mountains. At the same time, a large and cold Gulf of Alaska low pressure system delivers rain and snow to the west coast all the way to Canada, and some even to southern California resort areas. That low pressure system hits the Rocky Mountains afterward, probably that next weekend (around the 30th). CM

Longer Range Outlook

As of now, November 2014, we are still on a path to see a weak El Nino Sea Surface Temperature pattern hold across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific. 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 at least to start, still favorable for California and the desert Southwest, plus much of Colorado and northern New Mexico). Please note; Many computer models indicate the El Nino SST pattern may become moderate strength later this fall and early 2015, with would help focus more of the Gulf of Alaska storm action across the southwest US and California, where its desperately needed.

Current SST pattern- El Nino

A weak El Nino is now being predicted for this fall and winter, into early 2015. It looks like the early season (October/ November) will see more rain and snow for southern and central California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. This should help kick off the early season for places like Mammoth Mountain. This should also help build up a better than average base of snow for Aspen-Snowmass and Taos Ski Valley. Temperatures are expected to be near and below average for these areas as well, which helps. Maybe Thanksgiving will be pretty good for many more areas across the southwest, and even for Squaw Valley in Tahoe. The Northwest US is expecting a drier and milder than usual fall, with less snowfall than average, though with their usual heavy snowfall, especially in the Cascades, this drier/ milder than average fall season could still be good for resorts across the northwest US, mainly along the Cascades, less so inland.

Current SST pattern- El Nino

The larger time-scale SST pattern in place right now is still a cool phase PDO, or negative PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation). This is a more long term pattern (decades), and it has made any recent years El Nino SST patterns weaker (it looks like this is the case with the current El Nino, which was expected to be strong initially.

To summarize, the possibility of an El Nino pattern this fall and winter are "likely". Forecasts from other agencies are calling for El Nino conditions to hold this fall and winter. This would favor the southwest US (including southern California and across to Taos Ski Valley, even Aspen, Colorado) for heavier rain and snow this fall and mainly winter (2014-2015), after the wet monsoon summer across the southwest US (we forecast this in the spring). 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

Deep in the San Juans, Durango Mountain Resort's trademark benched, rolling terrain creates a winter playground for any level of skier and snowboarder. With 1200 acres, 85 trails and 2000+ vertical, Purgatory Mountain boasts steep shots on the front side, tree shots on teh back side, intermediate terrain in the middle and the dedicated Columbine learning area for first timers.

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