11/20/22 Sunday 7:20 am
It has been fun to watch the lake effect snowfall in the Great Lakes Region and the Northeast United States. I am sure everyone saw the 66-inch total in 24 hours for Orchard Park, New York. It reminds me of some of the storms that came through our area in 2009-2010 and 2018-2019.
Normally, I would be doing a travel update for the holiday. The GFS is the only model holding out for a slight chance of snow showers Wednesday night over the northern portions of the forecast area from Telluride to Red Mountain and Ouray. It also shows light snow showers near Wolf Creek Thursday morning. If this does happen it won’t be a big deal.
Speaking of Telluride, remember there will be significant delays on 145 Monday morning starting at 9 am as tow trucks will be trying to recover a tour bus below Ophir curve near mile point 63. Choose another route if you must travel. This operation will likely take most of the day.
We will see a slight moderation in temperatures over the next couple of days, but don’t put your coats away. Temperatures will likely stay at or slightly below normal for this time of year. It could be worse, one of the coldest places in the United States, Peter Sinks, Utah hit -37.6 f yesterday morning. The current temperature (6:30 am) is -31 f.
Our next best chance of meaningful precipitation, at the moment anyway, looks like it will be between November 27th and 30th. Hang in there, the pattern is going to flip as we get into December. Meteorological winter does not even start until December 1st.
It looks like it was a successful opening day at Purgatory yesterday. I was asked by the folks at Ft Lewis to provide a link to their new skier safety survey. Bookmark this and take a look when you get a chance.
I am still waiting on some data before I talk more about the upcoming winter. Hopefully, I will be able to get something out this week!
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