Some snow Monday night and later Wednesday

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The near-record temperatures expected for today in the Steamboat Springs area will stay for tomorrow ahead of a quick-moving storm that will bring a cold front through northern Colorado late Monday afternoon or early evening. Clouds and southwest winds will increase on Monday before snow showers begin and last through the night, with 1-4” of snow expected for the Tuesday morning snow report.

Though there will be plenty of sun behind the storm for Tuesday, the seasonable temperatures will feel cool compared to the recent near-record warmth.

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These gloves are all about warmth. And when combined with the standard HotHands handwamers which I use below about 5F, I’m good for the day.

A split-finger design gives the Black Diamond Guide Finger gloves extra warmth while maintaining dexterity. Three fingers sit together with the index finger separated, but there is enough room to scrunch all your fingers together while on the lift, which is especially nice if you have a handwarmer in the mitten-part of the glove. The GORE-TEX® inserts ensures total moisture protection while the large gauntlets keeps powder from sneaking its way in through the back door. In addition to a 300 g Polartec® fleece palm lining, the Guide Finger gloves also features removable liners with PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation and boiled wool.

  • 100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX insert with Plus Warm Technology stays with removable liner
  • Abrasion-resistant, woven nylon shell with 4-way stretch
  • Removable liner features 170 g PrimaLoft Gold and boiled wool 300 g Polartec fleece palm lining
  • Goat-leather palm and palm patch
  • Foam padding on knuckles for impact protection

I’ve found these work best in powder, as it keeps the cold snow from touching the boot plastic and sucking heat away from the interior. However, they do cover the lowest two boot buckles, so this accessory is not for those who like to (or need to!) fiddle with the buckles during the day.

  • Helps retain up to +20 degrees inside the boot
  • Includes thermal reflective adhesive strips for additional insulation from inside the boot
  • Adjustable Velcro heel strap for ease of use and adjustment
  • Side abrasion resistant patches for durability and wear
  • Wind and water resistant neoprene material

Another quick-moving and slightly colder storm is currently timed for Wednesday afternoon, with another 1-4” of snow expected for Thursday morning. Interestingly, part of this storm splits as it crosses the West Coast on Tuesday, with the southern part of the storm taking a Baja vacation for a few days before it may affect Colorado late in the weekend.

Ahead of the possible late-weekend or early-the-following-week storm, dry air overspreads our area for a very nice three day stretch of weather from Thursday through Saturday with seasonably warm temperatures.

A large and cold storm takes shape in the Gulf of Alaska next weekend and is forecast to move southward along the West Coast. The southern end of the Wednesday storm looks to be dislodged by the incoming West Coast storm and move over Colorado around Sunday for increased chances of warm and unsettled weather.

However, there is a lot of uncertainty as to whether the large storm stays off the West Coast or moves inland late in the weekend, with the European ECMWF being the slower solution. The track of this West Coast storm will play a large part in our weather for the next work week, with a cold and snowy period just as likely as a warmer and drier period, at this point in the forecast.

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