Winter weather will continue for the Western Slope with two more storms, wind and colder temperatures through Saturday.
The first round of unsettled weather performed as expected. Most of the lower valley locations had wet roads early Tuesday. Delta County and Montrose County had the addition of a little snow on the grassy areas. Powderhorn Mountain Resort had an early morning snow report of 2″ while the Grand Mesa Nordic area was submitting a 3.5″ report from the groomers. There is a lot more snow expected by Saturday morning! If you like storm skiing, bag some turns Friday morning at your favorite “hill”.
There will be another round of showers moving through the region on Wednesday with building clouds to start and finish the day. This a weak little system dancing across the state from the southwest and should produce sub-advisory level mountain snow and scattered rain showers Wednesday. This will get in and out before the stronger storm arrives Thursday (and continues Friday before exiting east of the Divide Friday afternoon).
There is a Winter Storm Watch for all of the western, central, northern and southern mountain zones beginning Thursday and lasting through Friday afternoon. Strong wind in the mountain passes and heavy snow is expected along with colder temperatures Friday and Saturday. Lower valley locations in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties are expecting measurable snow on all surfaces. As of today, the Storm Team is looking at a preliminary snow forecast that ranges from 1/2″ to an 1.5″ of snowfall. This will be fine tuned, but remember your city’s ordinances about removing snow on your property line! Friday morning should be the more intense aspect of this storm system and there are also indications that a spot or two (Irwin Lodge) may get to the 3 foot mark! Most resorts/mountains should be looking at 1-2 feet of new snow. See you up on the slopes!
Be careful driving though the mountain zones/passes moving forward through the weekend. Icy and then snowy and blowing snow will be encountered along with frigid temperatures. Check conditions and make sure you are prepared for winter travel.