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Moab with a snowy icing

Posted by Gale Bernhardt Apr 16, 2009

A group of us are heading to Moab, Utah for some spring mountain bike riding. For the last two years, we have timed the trip perfectly with a spring storm. Last year we had snow from Frisco to Eagle Colorado. The worst part of the drive was from Frisco to Copper Mountain. Just outside of Copper, it seemed to get better.

 

Predicting weather in Colorado is, apparently, tricky business. For as long as I've lived here (forever), forecasters can try to use various weather models to predict how the storm will set up, but in some cases (like this storm) how much snow we get or don't get is a matter of degrees, literally.

 

Just a few degrees colder combined with the proper centering of the storm and we will have a doozey of a spring storm. This means up to a foot of snow for the eastern Front Range, where I live, and two or more feet of snow in the mountains. We drive from Northern Colorado via I-25 to I-70 westbound.

 

 

You can take a look at the current conditions via the Colorado Department of Transportation camera system. The northern most camera at I25 and Del Camino is closest to my home. As of 9:22 am today, it showed rain. Simultaneously, the camera at I-70 and the Eisenhower Tunnel (move your curser along the westbound I-70 to see the camera titles) shows several inches of snow on the ground, but the road appears to be just wet and not snow-covered. This camera is about a 1:45 drive from where I live.

 

 

 

Just a few miles west of the Eisenhower Tunnel is Copper Mountain and then Vail. Copper is looking good now, but both sides of Vail Pass are snowy.

 

 

 

Watch what happens with the weather system in the next 24 hours and I'll keep you posted...

 

 

UPDATE: Friday, April 17

 

 

Here's a pic of the view just outside of Denver!

 

 

 

 

Yet looking toward Beaver Creek there are dry roads. As usual, the show is east of the Continental Divide:

 

 

 

 

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