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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Is This the Last Week of Winter?

This Tuesday morning, the winter storm is winding down as the cold front pushes into New Mexico. The Grand Valley got cheated as Montrose got their 1-2 inches and stole Grand Junction's too! The Grand Mesa got its fare share though. Powderhorn, and the towers at Mesa Lakes and Park reservoir all reported around 8 inches of new snow. The gusty west winds will continue to whip it and drift it this afternoon.
Tonight, clear skies and a dry airmass will allow for very cold low temperatures into Wednesday morning. But with afternoon temperatures climbing back into the mid-upper 20s, any style of skiing should be marvelous. Don't forget the sunscreen.
Thursday and Friday, a different pattern sets up for the remainder of the week. A weak Low Pressure system ambles towards us from southern California pulling moisture up from the Southwest. The San Juan and West Elk mountains look favored to get snowfall Thursday and Friday. The GMNC trails could get some light accumulations but without the gusty winds of late.
As the California Low shifts east, Saturday looks nice for the race and post-race party. Some mid-level moisture lingers with perhaps a few scattered afternoon light snow showers. Low temperatures will be less-cold than previously thought, 10-15? Afternoon highs in the mid-20s, with race-time snow dry at 17-23F?
Sunday, an open Pacific trough of Low Pressure passes bringing snow and gusty west winds. Enjoy those freshies, for strong High Pressure builds in from the west next week for warm and dry conditions. Can crust season be far behind? 



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