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Friday, February 27, 2009

Yet Another Beautiful Weekend in Paradise

A weak cold front passed through the Grand Mesa and vicinity valleys this Friday morning. It may produce a little snow Friday afternoon, maybe an inch or three. Gusty NW winds diminish this evening, and clearing skies will bring cold morning temperatures on Saturday.
High Pressure builds over western Colorado again this weekend. Saturday should be mostly sunny with cold snow (snow temperatures 15-25?) and afternoon high temperatures climbing into the upper 20s to near freezing. Clouds invade Saturday night and thicken on Sunday. Increasing clouds and winds on Sunday will bring warmer snow (SnowTemp 22-30?), and afternoon air temperatures into the 30s. But the clouds will likely produce a flat light, perhaps not quite as pleasant as Saturday.
Breezy, cloudy and mild continue into next week. Light snowfall may start as early as Tuesday, but heavier snow is forecast for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. First estimate now is 5-10inches of new snow with some bigger drifts by Thursday afternoon. As the snowpack has gone through daily freeze/thaw for the last several days, it has begun to crust up. It is probably too thin to support skinny skis yet, but give it a try.
So enjoy yet another beautiful weekend.

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