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Friday, January 2, 2009

Fresh Air! Fresh Snow!

After over a week of cold, stagnant air in the valleys, a cold front is approaching. This front looks strong enough to scour out the valleys and give us a breath of fresh air. (As often happens in Colorado valleys in the winter, it takes a cold front for us to warm up!) We have been fortunate to have milder temperatures and fresh air up on the GMNC trails this week. Remember to thank the groomers, Kenton, Jon, Al, for producing such great tracks. Skiing was great on Friday.
Grand Mesa snow starts Friday night, but the big accumulation comes with and after frontal passage Saturday morning. So if you choose to ski on Saturday, expect strong gusty SW winds mixed with snow in the morning, then a burst of snow between 10AM & noon with frontal passage. Then snow will be heavy at times becoming more showery in nature through the afternoon. Breezy N-NW winds will continue into the evening. Latest models indicate, any grooming done Saturday will get covered up pretty quick. Snowfall and breezes will end in Saturday evening, allowing for cold temperatures overnight. Sunday will be a great ski day if you are prepared for the cold and enjoy slow squeeky snow.   Temperatures will come up some on Monday, but the next Pacific trough of Low pressure brings more snow Monday night through Tuesday night, perhaps lingering into Wednesday. And another storm is being watched for next weekend.


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