September Snow for Winter Park
The picture to the left was a snow storm last September 21, 2009. Are we in for an earlier storm this year? The forecast is looking like storms are lining up to dump a bunch of white fluffy very early this year.
Here is what snowforecast.com is saying about this coming week in Winter Park, CO:
Monday Sept 6th–FALL LIKE, POSSIBLE DUSTING OF SNOW ABOVE 9,000 FEET—> The Gulf of Alaska low pressure system weakens some as it moves east across the northern and central Rocky Mountains (Colorado is considered to be in the central Rocky Mountains). This system has more cold air, the jet stream is projected to be overhead, but with limited moisture across the area. Points along and north of the I-70 should see isolated showers and maybe a thunderstorm from this, along with a dusting of snow above 9,000 feet (dusting = less than 1/2 inch of snow).
Thursday Sept 9th–COOLER, WINDS INCREASE, CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW– -> The second low pressure system that was digging south across California moves eastward into Colorado and weakens, with cool showers and a chance for high elevation (roughly 9,000 feet+) snow again.
Oh boy, snow is on the way. Will we get hit or will it be just a dusting? The La Niña weather pattern that is developing for this winter should bring plenty of snow to this neck of the woods.
A La Nina SST pattern is here for the fall/ winter, through possibly the season following (through 2012). This usually bodes well for northern Colorado resorts including Steamboat Springs and Winter Park/Mary Jane Resorts.
Chris September 4th, 2010