Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 4:43 AM Issued by Mike Cooperstein

Weather Discussion

A low-pressure trough drops south out of the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday increasing southwesterly winds. Expect gusty winds in many high elevation areas in the Northern Mountains. Daytime high temperatures will be similar to Tuesday. On Wednesday night, temperatures only get a few degrees below freezing under partly to mostly cloudy skies. A few stray snow showers are possible. Accumulations should only be about an inch. Moderate southwesterly winds may be enough to help the snow surface freeze overnight. Snow showers increase early on Thursday morning ahead of the approaching low-pressure system. A cold front tracks southeast across Colorado throughout the day on Thursday. Expect periods of moderate snowfall along and just behind the frontal boundary. Favored areas in the Steamboat and Flat Tops zone could see 8 to 10 inches of snowfall by midnight on Thursday. Most other areas will see accumulations of 1 to 4 inches. The trough lifts northeast on Thursday night. Cold northwest flow takes over and temperatures drop overnight. Light orographic snowfall continues in the mountains on Friday morning.     

Steamboat & Flat Tops at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 36 to 41 23 to 28 25 to 30
Wind Speed (mph) 12-22 G40 10 to 20 8-14 G40
Wind Direction WSW SW WSW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Overcast
Snow (in) 0 0 to 2 4 to 7

Front Range at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 38 to 43 24 to 29 29 to 34
Wind Speed (mph) 15-25 G50 9-19 G45 7-17 G55
Wind Direction WSW W WSW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 to 2 4-6N/1-3S

Vail & Summit County at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 37 to 42 23 to 28 30 to 35
Wind Speed (mph) 8-18 G45 7 to 17 12-22 G55
Wind Direction W WSW SW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0 to 2

Sawatch Range at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 37 to 42 21 to 26 30 to 35
Wind Speed (mph) 10 to 20 11 to 21 19-29 G55
Wind Direction WSW WSW WSW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0 to 2

Aspen at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 37 to 42 25 to 30 29 to 34
Wind Speed (mph) 11 to 21 9 to 19 16 to 26
Wind Direction WSW SW SW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 2 to 4

Gunnison at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 41 to 46 23 to 28 33 to 38
Wind Speed (mph) 8 to 18 10 to 20 16 to 26
Wind Direction WSW SW WSW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 to 1 2 to 4

Grand Mesa at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 41 to 46 24 to 29 32 to 37
Wind Speed (mph) 11 to 21 11 to 21 12-22 G50
Wind Direction SW SSW WSW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 to 1 2 to 4

Northern San Juan at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 40 to 45 23 to 28 35 to 40
Wind Speed (mph) 13 to 23 13 to 23 18-28 G50
Wind Direction SW SW SW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 to 1 0 to 2

Southern San Juan at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 39 to 44 25 to 30 36 to 41
Wind Speed (mph) 12 to 22 10 to 20 24-34 G50
Wind Direction SW WSW SW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0 to 1

Sangre de Cristo at 11,000ft

  Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (°F) 36 to 41 19 to 24 35 to 40
Wind Speed (mph) 14 to 24 20 to 30 26 to 36
Wind Direction WSW SW SW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Mostly Clear Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0