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Today's Forecast
↑33° ↓20°
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  • Dewpoint↓7° / ↑4°
  • Humidity↓28% / ↑50%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth29"
Partly cloudy before noon and then clear later into the evening.
None expected throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds variable at 3 to 10 mph through the morning shifting to W 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 11 to 24 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Monday the 17th
↑28° ↓19°
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  • Dewpoint↓11° / ↑10°
  • Humidity↓51% / ↑81%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth2"
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy becoming overcast into the evening.
None expected throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds W 9 to 20 mph through the morning becoming NW 7 to 16 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill expected to be 6 to 14 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Tuesday the 18th
↑24° ↓16°
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  • Dewpoint↓12° / ↑9°
  • Humidity↓69% / ↑83%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Mostly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning, and then partly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
None expected.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds W 8 to 17 mph through the morning shifting to W 12 to 23 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 37 mph. Expected wind chill to be -1 to 8 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 19th
↑22° ↓16°
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  • Dewpoint↓13° / ↑12°
  • Humidity↓72% / ↑91%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming partly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy into the evening. Expect periods of snow throughout the day.
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the early morning followed by another dusting before noon.
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.05 inches
Winds W 22 to 34 mph through the morning becoming W 20 to 32 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 74 mph. Expected wind chill to be -8 to -1 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 20th
↑26° ↓17°
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  • Dewpoint↓12° / ↑6°
  • Humidity↓55% / ↑75%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Partly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning, and then mostly clear with a few clouds becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
None expected throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds W 13 to 25 mph through the morning shifting to W 10 to 21 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 56 mph. Wind chill expected to be -8 to 8 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 21st
↑31° ↓22°
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  • Dewpoint↓7° / ↑4°
  • Humidity↓33% / ↑47%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Overcast through the morning, and then mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
None expected throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds W 14 to 26 mph through the morning shifting to W 11 to 22 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 33 mph. Expected wind chill to be 6 to 15 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update15 Dec @ 06:12
  • Snow Past 24 hrs0"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs0"
  • Season Total71"
  • Average Base Depth29"
  • Today's Snow Potential0"
Comments
1in, past 3 days. Snow surface is packed powder and machine groomed
  • High Lift Elevation11,952ft
  • Base Elevation10,790ft
  • Vertical Drop1,162ft
  • Longest Trail1 miles
  • Trails56 of 64
  • Lifts6 of 7
  • Acreage700 of 800 ( 88% )
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails27 ( 42% )
  • Tubingyes
  • Tubing Hours9a-4p
23°
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Conditions
  • Humidity42%
  • Dewpoint
  • SustainedW 15mph
  • GustingW 18mph
  • Visibility10.00 miles
  • Snow Depth17"
Comments
Fair
Location
Salida - Monarch Pass, CO
  • Elevation10,997ft
  • UpdatedDec 16 @ 05:08
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Location
  • City: Garfield
  • State: Colorado
  • Country: United States
Monarch Mountain Discussion
Today looks mostly sunny and milder prior to a weakened low pressure system moving in...

Monday and Tuesday we expect a weakened Pacific storm to move in, and this system may track mostly south, but we will be watching. Light snow showers are expected.

Wednesday through late next week we expect a high pressure ridge and mostly sunny/ milder weather. Low pressure and some snow is expected to follow this... (more detail is coming, 12:42am Friday). CM
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

Sunday
↑33° / ↓20°
iconWinds: variable 3 to 10 mph, then W 5 to 14 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑32° / ↓20°
Sky
Partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 3 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 22 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑27° / ↓22°
Sky
Clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 24 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,955ft
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Monday
↑28° / ↓19°
iconWinds: W 9 to 20 mph, then NW 7 to 16 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑27° / ↓21°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
None expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds W 9 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill expected to be 10 to 14 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑24° / ↓19°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
No snow through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 7 to 16 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 6 to 14 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,955ft
temperature graph
Tuesday
↑24° / ↓16°
iconWinds: W 8 to 17 mph, then W 12 to 23 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑23° / ↓17°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds W 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Expected wind chill to be 2 to 7 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑19° / ↓17°
Sky
Partly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 12 to 23 mph with gusts up to 52 mph. Wind chill expected to be -1 to 8 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,955ft
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Wednesday
↑22° / ↓16°
iconWinds: W 22 to 34 mph, then W 20 to 32 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑22° / ↓19°
Sky
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming partly cloudy through the morning. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Snowfall forecasted to be a dusting in the early morning, then another trace before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.05 inches
Winds
Morning winds W 22 to 34 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Expected wind chill to be -7 to -1 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑19° / ↓16°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy 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 20 to 32 mph with gusts up to 74 mph. Expected wind chill to be -8 to -2 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,955ft
temperature graph
Thursday
↑26° / ↓17°
iconWinds: W 13 to 25 mph, then W 10 to 21 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑24° / ↓20°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds before noon.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds W 13 to 25 mph with gusts up to 56 mph. Wind chill expected to be -8 to 6 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑22° / ↓21°
Sky
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 26 mph. Wind chill expected to be 5 to 8 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,955ft
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Friday
↑31° / ↓22°
iconWinds: W 14 to 26 mph, then W 11 to 22 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑31° / ↓27°
Sky
Cloudy through the morning.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds W 14 to 26 mph with gusts up to 33 mph. Expected wind chill to be 6 to 15 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑26° / ↓23°
Sky
Mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
No snow through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 11 to 22 mph with gusts up to 28 mph. Wind chill expected to be 6 to 15 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,955ft
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Snow Maker's Corner

Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature26°
  • Soil Low Temperature19°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature27°
  • Soil Low Temperature21°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature27°
  • Soil Low Temperature21°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature25°
  • Soil Low Temperature19°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature26°
  • Soil Low Temperature18°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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