Friday Snow Fatigue

2/24/23 Friday 10:45 am

Wolf Creek Pass on the east side only is open from South Fork. The road is only open for skiers driving to the Wolf Creek Ski area. Last I heard there was no timetable for opening Red Mountain or the west side of Wolf Creek. They anticipate the passes will be closed for most of the day today.  Wolf Creek updated their storm total to 42 inches and it is still snowing.

Snow fatigue sets in during late February, and based on conversations and emails I have had, I believe that time has arrived. Totals in the mid-elevations between 7,400-8,200 feet have ranged from 18-30 so far since Tuesday.

More storms will be coming in this week: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday-Thursday/Friday. I will talk more about them tomorrow. Sunday’s storm will be a quick mover and may not even deliver advisory-level snow. We’ll see.

The question I am most asked lately is how this winter compares to the 2018-2019 winter. The mid and lower elevations have a long way to go before they catch up with 2019. February 2023, is way behind February 2019. March 2019 was not a very active period for the lower and mid-elevations, that is not likely to be the case this year. I expect above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures this year.

I think there is a decent chance that Purgatory could challenge their 2019 season totals. I don’t think that will be the case with Wolf Creek, but you never know.

Saturday, temperatures are going to approach seasonally average high temperatures, but it will feel warmer to most. Sunday morning that quick-moving storm will arrive. I will talk more about that tomorrow.

I have a couple more errands to run, keep an eye on the CDOT website for updates.

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