Sunshine in the forecast
December 24, 2013
EAGLE COUNTY — While local ski resorts have their best early-season snow in the past few years, the powder pipeline will dry up for at least the next several days. But that will leave blue-sky days for skiing at least through the weekend.
Looking at the forecasts from the National Weather Service, the Weather Channel and the OpenSnow.com website, all three agree that the moist system of the past several days will move out in favor of clear skies and no precipitation.
The Weather Channel's 10-day forecast keeps sunny, dry weather in the valley until at least Jan. 1. The National Weather Service forecast mirrors that prediction until Tuesday.
The only hope for snow comes from OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz, and that hope is scant.
“The upcoming weather pattern for late 2013 and early 2014 is generally not favorable for good snow across the state.”
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In his most recent report, Gratz's forecast also calls for sunny weather into the weekend. After that, though, there's a chance of storms moving south from Canada into the central United States.
If the storms track too far to the east, then the Rockies will see little to no snow. If the track of the "jet stream," the wind pattern that tracks across North America from west to east, cooperates, then the Rockies could be hit by some storms beginning about Monday.
Whether the jet stream drops depends on a high pressure area in the western U.S. If that high stays to the north, then the jet stream won't drop south soon enough to bring cold, moist air to the Rockies. If it moves, then we could get some snow.
Gratz wrote in his report: "… The upcoming weather pattern for late 2013 and early 2014 is generally not favorable for good snow across the state, but if some small details change, we could easily see a few storms come our way …"