Bizarre February weather continues leading into Vail's historically wettest month
February 23, 2009 —
Today we are seeing residual moisture from a stationary low spinning just off the coast of California, shooting our area with light snow showers.
This should last until mid-day Tuesday Feb. 24. as the storm moves east and weakens. Rain will fall in the valleys as the snow level is rather high for this time of year at around 8500-9000 feet. Looks like the base areas of Vail and Beaver Creek will have a "Whistler" type feel as rain will slowly turn to snow as snow-riders ascend the lift. Snow should intensify as evening approaches and we could see anywhere from 4-7 inches for the Tuesday morning report at both Vail and Beaver Creek.
Temps are obliviously mild and should stay that way for the remainder of the week as the jet stream stays north, keeping the Arctic air north of the U.S. border.
Expect on mountain highs in the 20's for the day and creeping into the teens as nightfall approaches. Winds will be almost non-existent for Tuesday, however, don't count out gusts in the 20 mph range over the highest ridge tops.
Long term it looks as though the storm axis will shift in our favor as the week progresses giving the mountain resorts a better shot at colder air and stronger storms, let’s hope.
As a bizarre February comes to a close, March is historically our wettest month, so don't count out a few more powder days, it’s bound to happen.
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