Mountain Weather

CB Avalanche CenterWeather

Date: 12/22/2015

Overnight and through today we have all the ingredients of a major winter storm (the first of a series this week) coming together. The “left exit region” of a 160 knot jet stream will punch the Elk Mountains square in the nose, bringing significant upper level support to a cold, ultra saturated atmosphere hovering near seasonal extremes for moisture content. Add in 13,000 foot mountains for added lift and we have the makings of a doozy. Snow could be fairly dense, and the winds will average 10-20 mph but gust into the 50 mph range closer to timberline. Look for snow to taper tonight into tomorrow, only to intensify Wednesday afternoon through Christmas Day.