Hi everyone.  Although not really ski season yet, I thought I’d give a quick report on the upcoming storm, which will be our third real snowfall of the year.  Let’s hope this one comes in strong – not for skiing as such, but to help reduce the fires and the fire danger.

A (hopefully strong) system is predicted to be coming in from the north-northwest sometime between mid-Saturday and late Sunday.  There may be a mild upslope (i.e., easterly winds) component to this that will fuel a bit more snow in our patrol region.

The American Model is calling for 8” from Saturday night to Sunday night.  The European Model is very similar, calling for 9” during the same time.  The Canadian Model is more pessimistic, calling for 2” on Sunday and another 2” on Monday night to Tuesday night.

Temperatures also look to significantly drop starting Saturday night for several days, which should be helpful for the ski areas already making snow, such as A-Basin, Copper, Keystone, and Loveland.

Hope everyone is doing okay with the fires.  All the best.

-Jordan (Tuesday morning)

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all forecasts are for 10,000’ in exposed areas.  References to American Model are the American (GFS) Model.  References to the Canadian Model are the Canadian (GDPS) Model.  References to the WRF Model are the CAIC WRF Hi-Res Model.  References to the European Model are the European (ECMWF) Model.