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Sunday, February 06, 2005
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
While cooling temps off a little, yesterday’s dry, weak cold front provided little more than a wiggle in the wind direction and a few mid-level clouds. The blanket of clouds dissipated and this morning under clear skies, mountain temperatures are in the low teens. Winds along the highest ridges maxxed out near twenty gusting to 40 out of the west overnight, but have since calmed to less than 15mph as they’ve shifted to the southwest. There’s still plenty of time to work on your crust skiing and riding before the storm hits tonight.
While there just isn’t that much snow to move around, Friday night’s westerly winds did produce a couple avalanches in Primrose Cirque above Aspen Grove in the
In general today, the cooler temps and increasing clouds should keep the lid on any wet activity and the dry snow problems will be limited to some possible sluffing on some of the steeper shady slopes and an unlikely odd wind pocket from yesterday. The gig for today will be to take a look at the snow surface conditions to help gauge how well the new snow will bond when it arrives.
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The avalanche danger is LOW on most slopes today. While unlikely, you might still find a wind drift in steeper exposed terrain.
Today we’ll see increasing clouds ahead of tonight’s storm. Winds should be light and southwesterly, picking up to 20mph by late afternoon. 8000’ temps will be near freezing with 10,000’ temps near 20. It’s about time. This storm moves late tonight and should last through Tuesday with early estimated totals of a foot and a half or so by then.
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