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Short Range Forecast Discussion

Mostly sunny today/ Some clouds and mostly light showers starting across southwest Colorado tonight, continuing Saturday/ Clearing on Sunday/ Mostly sunny Monday and Tuesday

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Forecast updated for Friday, April 18, 2014

Skies have cleared out this morning as high pressure ridges in again. We remain under a mostly high pressure ridging aloft regime today (mostly sunny), but tonight and Saturday we expect a weakened upper-level low pressure disturbance to move in with some clouds and light showers across the area, along with high snow levels. Southwest Colorado is favored with moderate snow in places, as this system mostly hugs the southern Colorado border with most moisture and dynamics (weak). Skies clear as low pressure moves out on Sunday, then Monday and Tuesday look mostly sunny and warmer, in advance of a cold Pacific low that will be developing. Please be sure to log-in and favorite your resort forecasts so you save time. CM

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RESORT INFO ↑36°  2c° ↓23°  -5c° MID MTN
  • Last Update 19 Apr @ 07:04
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 419 in
  • Average Base Depth 80 in
14in, past 6 days. Snow surface is spring conditions and variable conditions.
Today's Snow Potential
A trace to 1 inch of snowfall
What's Open?
  • Trails84 of 93
  • Lifts6 of 10
  • Acreage1649 of 1800 (91%)
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNone
19 Saturday ↑36°  2c° ↓23°  -5c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly to mostly cloudy and cooler, with mostly isolated snow showers and near 9,500 foot snow levels.
Mostly isolated snow showers
Snow Potential
A trace to 1 inch of snowfall
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 10-20mph.
20 Sunday ↑37°  3c° ↓21°  -6c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with lingering snow showers, clearing to partly cloudy and milder.
Isolated showers in the morning
Snow Potential
A trace early
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 10-20mph.
21 Monday ↑43°  6c° ↓21°  -6c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder with drier air.
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5-15mph. Above timberline; Becoming W at 10-20mph.
22 Tuesday ↑39°  4c° ↓28°  -2c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and warm with windy conditions developing.
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Variable at 4-12mph, becoming SW at 10-20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; Increasing to SW at 20-30 gusts to 45mph.
23 Wednesday ↑30°  -1c° ↓12°  -11c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Windy with snow showers possible
40% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.01in, 0.38mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting a trace to 1 inch of snowfall (1 to 3cm)
From the WSW at 19 to 31 MPH.
24 Thursday ↑21°  -6c° ↓10°  -12c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Windy with isolated snow showers
30% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0in, 0mm)
Snow Potential
None Expected
From the W at 19 to 28 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 23 April to 03 May, 2014 - Another low pressure system moves in next Wednesday through Friday (4 days or so between storms) with potential snowfall, and potentially significant for any area as it may track south also. We may see this followed by high pressure ridging aloft next Saturday and for a few+ days (26th on). Winter is not over yet for the Colorado high country, but it seems to be tapering off, in general. CM

Longer Range Outlook

As of now, April 2014, we are continuing to be affected by an ENSO-Neutral, or La Nada Sea Surface Temperature pattern across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific (SSTs near to slightly below average).

Current SST pattern- La Nada

The larger time-scale SST pattern in place right now is a cool phase PDO, or negative PDO, which stands for Pacific Decadal Oscillation. This is a more long term pattern (decades), and it has made any recent years El Nino SST patterns weaker.

We expect the ENSO Neutral, or La Nada pattern (almost a La Nina) to continue, and in the last 30 days we have seen more of a La Nina pattern develop with colder SST's along the eastern Equatorial Pacific and even the region 3.4 always referred to, though less so in 3.4. We are not seeing the trend toward El Nino yet.

Since we are seeing an actual cooling of the eastern Equatorial Pacific in the last month, and not much change in the 3.4 region, we expect this to not bode well for a shift out of a La Nada pattern, yet. If we start to see warming in the region mentioned, then we expect a potential strengthening jet stream across the Pacific, and increased moisture in general for Pacific storms as they move in more directly off the Pacific. We will keep this outlook updated as more information becomes available. If you want to know when the snow is coming (and be able to set unlimited alerts for any resort), within 5 minutes or less of us (our our sources) entering the data into any of our forecasts, be sure to download the app.

Loveland is Colorado's closest major ski area to Denver, located on the Continental Divide and just short of the Eisenhower Tunnel in the Arapaho National Forest. Loveland is the 10th largest ski resort in Colorado. You get 1,365 acres of crisp, Rocky Mountain snow with 70 runs to choose from and nine lifts whisking you up to the top. On-mountain improvements include upgraded snowmaking and grooming with the addition of six new fan guns, four new Piston Bully grooming machines and a winch cat. To get the lay of the land, take a complimentary, 90-minute mountain tour. Meet at the top of Chair #1 at 10:30 a.m. every day. Loveland is actually two ski areas connected by a long, horizontal lift and a shuttle bus. Loveland Basin, with terrain for all abilities, has five chairs and a Poma lift serving 901 acres. Loveland Valley, which caters to beginners, has two lifts serving just 67 acres. Even good skiers, however, should investigate the Valley on windy days. Its tree-sheltered runs can harbor excellent snow when the Basin's slopes grow firm. If you ski as if you're on fire and you aren't afraid of heights, Loveland is your dream come true.


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