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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Two Wee Storms this Week and then a Lovely Weekend

Fellow Snow Lovers,
A messy little storm put down an estimated 4-6 inches Monday night favoring the north side of the Grand Mesa. Another few inches will fall Tuesday night. One problem for our dedicated groomers, northwest winds will increase Tuesday night with gusts to around 40 mph in the open areas. These winds and the snowfall will diminish by early Wednesday, but there will be snow dunes to be tamed.
Thursday, fleeting high pressure scurries across Colorado. The valleys will likely be colder than the Mesa top, perhaps even climbing into the 30s on our trails. Winds will be light in the morning and increase somewhat in the afternoon and overnight.
Friday-Friday night, the next unimpressive Pacific trough passes over the Rockies. This storm is doing the dreaded splits, with its available energy going north and south of us. The cold front is currently timed to pass in the afternoon producing a few inches of new snowfall. Confidence is low on forecast details for this storm.
Whatever snowfall should be over in time for Saturday's Big Bottom Marathon. A cold north breeze and temperatures perhaps cracking 20 degrees will keep the participants from overheating. A cold glide wax will be a big help.
Then look for a slow warming trend and dry conditions into next week.
I am taking the rest of this week off, so get your updated forecasts and current conditions for our trails here

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