Partly cloudy and milder today and Friday/ Big storm Saturday and Sunday/ Clearing out on a chilly Monday, and mostly sunny Tuesday
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Forecast updated for Thursday, April 24, 2014
Today and Friday look partly cloudy and with breezy conditions. At the same time, a STRONG and cold low pressure system is affecting the Pacific Northwest and west coast. This storm moves in, possibly as a southerly tracking storm, Saturday and Sunday, but with significant snow for all areas as Saturday favors southwest Colorado (southwest flow, southerly track), and Sunday favors the north (intensifying low out on the plains, unsettled northwest flow aloft). We will be watching. Monday clears out as the storm moves further east and is followed by a high pressure ridge, which holds through Tuesday (sunny and milder). Please be sure to log-in and favorite your resort forecasts so you save time. CM
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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 30 April to 10 May, 2014 - High pressure ridging aloft may hold for most of next week, with much warmer spring-like temperatures and less wind under mostly sunny skies. We will have to watch for a potential storm late next week. 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).
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, though in the last 30 days we have seen more of a trend toward positive SST's along the eastern Equatorial Pacific. We are now seeing a slight trend toward El Nino, and the forecasts from other agencies are calling for El Nino conditions to develop this summer and fall. This would favor the southwest US for heavier rain and snow this fall and mainly winter, after a potentially wet monsoon summer across the southwest US including southern California through Colorado.
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.
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