That’s great news for early season conditions across the state and as of today, there are 5 ski areas open for business in Colorado. More are set to open next week with Vail scheduled to open on Friday. If things keep up, Colorado is looking at one of its best starts in recent history, especially for the northern and southern mountains including such as Telluride and Steamboat.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the northern and central mountains from 9PM Friday night to 6PM Saturday. Ahead of this storm, temps today will run a few degrees above normal, with increasing winds. Quiet conditions return from Sunday onward. #cowx #utwx pic.twitter.com/B11Pujqxic
— NWS Grand Junction (@NWSGJT) November 13, 2020
Now, let’s get to the weather.
This particular storm is the result of a northwest flow that is delivering significant moisture from the northern Pacific and should bring with it wintery temps and up to a foot of snow for the high elevations of the northern mountains of Colorado including the Flattops, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Park Range. Mountains in the central portion of Colorado will also see significant snowfall, albeit with forecasted totals falling in the 4-10″ range. Expect resorts further west on I-70 to see significant totals such as Vail and Beaver Creek. Further snow in the San Juans, expect the totals to be somewhere in the 2-4″ range.
NOAA Short Term Forecast: Steamboat
NOAA Short Term Forecast: Vail
NOAA Short Term Forecast: Breckenridge
NOAA Winter Weather Advisory: Colorado
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST SATURDAY…
* WHAT… Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts over a foot. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph above treeline.
* WHERE… Elkhead and Park Mountains, Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys, West Elk and Sawatch Mountains and Flat Tops.
* WHEN… From 9 PM this evening to 6 PM MST Saturday.
* IMPACTS… Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, especially on ridge tops.
— Ski.com (@Skicom) November 6, 2020
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