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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Winter Blast this Week

I hope all the Barne skiers enjoyed the winter storm on Saturday and stayed warm. After a cold start this Sunday morning, today is a bluebird day on the Mesa. Any activity you choose should be a pleasure with lots of natural vitamin D available.
Monday, pre-frontal SW winds increase to 15-25 mph and gusty in the open areas. A strong Pacific Northwest cold front sweeps through Western Colorado late Monday night. The front will put an inch or two of snow into the Grand Valley, probably less in the North Fork valley, for your Tuesday driving pleasure. On the GMNC trails, expect 5-10 inches of new windblown and drifted snow by Tuesday sunset. 
Wednesday through Friday look like pleasant ski opportunities, with afternoon high temperatures in the 20s. Now that we are on daylight savings time, this brings some nice after-work ski opportunities. Wednesday is officially the full moon date, but still expect the moon to rise about 40 minutes after sunset. Friday may bring some light snowfall, but no accumulations expected for now. Cold morning and snow temperatures still favor cold ski waxes and good waxable classic skiing.
First outlook for the Mesa Meltdown next Saturday, is sunny skies and light winds. Race time air temperatures in the upper teens to mid 20s, but snow temperature remaining cold and dry for easy waxing conditions.
I will update this week if, as usual, the weather proves to be more complicated.



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