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Snow Depth: 10"
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Elevation: 5,390ft
Temperature:
Snow Depth: 11"
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Today's Forecast
↑28° ↓23°
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  • Dewpoint↓22° / ↑22°
  • Humidity↓91% / ↑97%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow4"
  • Regional Snow Depth9"
Partly cloudy before noon and then mostly clear with a few clouds becoming partly cloudy later into the evening.
Snowfall forecasted to be 3 to 6 inches into the evening.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds W 19 to 31 mph through the morning shifting to SW 13 to 25 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 39 mph. Expected wind chill to be 4 to 9 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Tuesday the 11th
↑31° ↓24°
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  • Dewpoint↓27° / ↑23°
  • Humidity↓91% / ↑98%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow5"
  • Regional Snow Depth10"
Mostly cloudy through the morning, and then cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of snow throughout the day.
Snowfall forecasted to be 2 to 4 inches in the early morning followed by another 2 to 3 inches before noon and a trace amount in the afternoon, then another dusting later into the evening.
Potential Precip: 0.27 to 1.35 inches
Winds SW 30 to 42 mph through the morning shifting to W 35 to 47 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind chill expected to be -1 to 9 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 12th
↑27° ↓22°
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  • Dewpoint↓22° / ↑19°
  • Humidity↓78% / ↑95%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth14"
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy through the morning, and then cloudy becoming mostly cloudy into the evening. Chance of snow after daylight.
Flurries possible.
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.03 inches
Winds W 26 to 38 mph through the morning shifting to SW 28 to 40 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 43 mph. Expected wind chill to be -5 to 4 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 13th
↑30° ↓24°
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  • Dewpoint↓27° / ↑23°
  • Humidity↓94% / ↑92%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth14"
Mostly cloudy through the morning, and then overcast through the afternoon and evening.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds SW 26 to 38 mph through the morning shifting to S 24 to 36 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 67 mph. Expected wind chill to be 1 to 12 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 14th
↑29° ↓19°
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  • Dewpoint↓23° / ↑17°
  • Humidity↓74% / ↑95%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth10"
Overcast through the morning, and then partly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds into the evening. Chance of snow in the afternoon, snow in the evening.
Snowfall forecasted to be a trace amount before noon.
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.03 inches
Winds SW 23 to 35 mph through the morning shifting to W 12 to 24 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 51 mph. Wind chill expected to be -9 to 11 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 15th
↑24° ↓20°
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  • Dewpoint↓20° / ↑18°
  • Humidity↓91% / ↑94%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow1"
  • Regional Snow Depth15"
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy becoming cloudy into the evening. Chance of snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the afternoon.
Potential Precip: 0.02 to 0.08 inches
Winds E 8 to 17 mph through the morning shifting to E 9 to 20 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be -7 to 4 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update09 Dec @ 03:12
  • Snow Past 24 hrs0"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs1"
  • Season Total1"
  • Average Base Depth7 to 14"
  • Today's Snow Potential4"
Comments
Snow surface is machine groomed and variable conditions
  • High Lift Elevation6820
  • Base Elevation4570
  • Vertical Drop2,250ft
  • Longest Trail6110
  • Trails0 of 56
  • Lifts0 of 6
  • Acreage0 of 2000 ( 0% )
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNone Available
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Conditions
  • Humidity91%
  • Dewpoint27°
  • Sustained 0mph
  • Gusting 2mph
  • VisibilityUnreported
  • Snow Depth10"
Comments
Unreported
Location
BLEWETT PASS, WA
  • Elevation6,257ft
  • UpdatedDec 10 @ 08:14
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Location
  • City: Wenatchee
  • State: Washington
  • Country: United States
December 07, 2018 - Aspen and Western Colorado Short/ Long Range Outlook
Mostly light additional snow, then a mostly sunny weekend, and  more snow next Tuesday and Wednesday (heavier)!

HOW ARE WE DOING (please contact chris@snowforecast.com or comment below)? Let us know please...

Light snow for most areas including Aspen, and  across southwest Colorado...

-The latest storm absolutely dumped RAIN and snow across southern California, is headed mainly along the Mexico border now, and taking a southern track... El Nino style, with a few" of snow across southwest Colorado to Aspen's mountains, under a moist southwest flow of moisture across the mountains, while most energy passes to the south

This coming weekend we expect a high pressure ridge to build in, with cooler air dragged into Colorado initially on Saturday, as the southern tracking low pressure system exits (northwest/ north flow of winds from the colder north), and sunshine pops through in the then drier air... Powder + sunshine, what Colorado is known for!

LONGER RANGE:
It looks like El Nino is not an official anomaly yet, as I expected in my September LR forecast (for Aspen and SW Colorado / For northern Colorado resorts) so we are in an ENSO Neutral phase, though in the latest update from NOAA, we are seeing warming waters, still a weak El Nino at best. This may explain the more southerly tracking storm systems we have seen, and will likely see in the coming weeks of December and January. CM

Next week, the 11th onward, we expect a couple of snow storms and some moderate to significant snow for western Colorado. Because these look like strong and cold systems (ask Niseko, Japan) with a good fetch of moisture across the Pacific, they are capable of good snowfall across all of western Colorado if the track is right (a bit more north). It looks like 2 storms total for next week, one Tuesday/ Wednesday and another late next week. CM

(NO CHANGE from the last LR update) : It is looking like we may see a busy time as we approach the Christmas and New Year holiday period, with some significant storms possibly lining up to affect all of the western US including Colorado... We expect to see a 7-14 day period of down time and mostly sunny skies following this series of storms, that may start around/ after Christmas. In January we see that down time to start the month (a week-ish), then storms should kick in again on a more regular basis, but possibly favoring northern resorts this time as the east coast gets hit hard and these systems brush mainly northern Colorado. More updates are coming. Do you have any ideas on what you want to see in our discussions? Please contact through the site! We do not charge for any of our info, and have been providing it all for free since 1998, "Predicting Sick Days since 1998"! CM

Expanded Outlook

Monday
↑28° / ↓23°
iconWinds: W 19 to 31 mph, then SW 13 to 25 mph
iconForecast Snow: 4"
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AM

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↑28° / ↓23°
Sky
Partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds W 19 to 31 mph with gusts up to 39 mph. Wind chill expected to be 4 to 7 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑27° / ↓25°
Sky
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming partly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be 3 to 6 inches in the evening.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 13 to 25 mph with gusts up to 31 mph. Wind chill expected to be 6 to 9 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,584ft
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Tuesday
↑31° / ↓24°
iconWinds: SW 30 to 42 mph, then W 35 to 47 mph
iconForecast Snow: 5"
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AM

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↑27° / ↓24°
Sky
Mostly cloudy through the morning. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be 2 to 4 inches in the early morning followed by another 2 to 3 inches before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.22 to 1.08 inches
Winds
Morning winds SW 30 to 42 mph with gusts up to 48 mph. Wind chill expected to be 3 to 7 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑31° / ↓26°
Sky
Overcast through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace amount in the afternoon, then another trace in the evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.06 to 0.28 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds W 35 to 47 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Expected wind chill to be -1 to 9 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,584ft
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Wednesday
↑27° / ↓22°
iconWinds: W 26 to 38 mph, then SW 28 to 40 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑26° / ↓23°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy through the morning. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Flurries possible in the morning hours.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.03 inches
Winds
Morning winds W 26 to 38 mph with gusts up to 43 mph. Wind chill expected to be -5 to -1 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑25° / ↓23°
Sky
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 28 to 40 mph with gusts up to 53 mph. Wind chill expected to be -1 to 4 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,584ft
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Thursday
↑30° / ↓24°
iconWinds: SW 26 to 38 mph, then S 24 to 36 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑29° / ↓24°
Sky
Mostly cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
None expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds SW 26 to 38 mph with gusts up to 57 mph. Expected wind chill to be 1 to 11 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑30° / ↓28°
Sky
Cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds S 24 to 36 mph with gusts up to 67 mph. Wind chill expected to be 9 to 12 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,584ft
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Friday
↑29° / ↓19°
iconWinds: SW 23 to 35 mph, then W 12 to 24 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑29° / ↓26°
Sky
Cloudy before noon.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.03 inches
Winds
Morning winds SW 23 to 35 mph with gusts up to 51 mph. Expected wind chill to be 3 to 11 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑28° / ↓21°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Flurries possible through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Afternoon winds W 12 to 24 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Expected wind chill to be -9 to 11 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,584ft
temperature graph
Saturday
↑24° / ↓20°
iconWinds: E 8 to 17 mph, then E 9 to 20 mph
iconForecast Snow: 1"
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AM

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↑22° / ↓20°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Morning winds E 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be -7 to 4 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑23° / ↓23°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast into the evening. Chance of snow in the evening.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace in the afternoon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.02 to 0.08 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds E 9 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Expected wind chill to be -1 to 2 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,584ft
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  • Soil Low Temperature25°
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  • Soil Low Temperature26°
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  • Soil Low Temperature28°
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  • Soil Low Temperature27°
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