Two Winter Storms This Week For Colorado Ski Areas

We are seeing general agreement in today’s NOAA weather discussions.  Winter storm watches have already been posted for the mountains along I-70 and the front range as far south to northern El Paso county.  Plains snow amounts are in the 4-8 inch range with hire accumulations in the mountains on favorable slopes.  No specific amount statements for any of the ski areas under the watch, and for the southern ski areas it is unknown as of yet what snow may materialize for you in the next few days.  (Update, Vail has been painted with 3-7 inches on Tuesday with 90% chance for Wednesday)

On Saturday the next system will be moving into the area, there is still disagreement on the models with the GFS predicting a close low over the 4 corners, while the ECMWF while showing a slow system still shows it as a open low pressure system.  The difference between the two is how the northeast winds setup which brings upslope conditions which is good for heavy snow in the mountains.  Either way there is still considerable lift with both storms so snow is not out of the question for either system.  Just how much.

As for powder conditions, were not predicting anything like we saw last year in Monarch when they received nearly 3 feet of snow and that snowcat ran over the power box 🙁

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