Sapphire Valley Ski Area
Today's Forecast
↑49° ↓38°
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  • Dewpoint↓26° / ↑26°
  • Humidity↑36% / ↓70%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
None expected throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds variable at 2 to 9 mph through the morning becoming variable at 3 to 10 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 11 mph. Wind chill expected to be 31 to 42 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 19th
↑44° ↓37°
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  • Dewpoint↓32° / ↑32°
  • Humidity↑65% / ↓84%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Overcast throughout the day.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds S 4 to 13 mph through the morning shifting to S 6 to 15 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 16 mph. Expected wind chill to be 30 to 36 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 20th
↑47° ↓40°
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  • Dewpoint↓42° / ↑39°
  • Humidity↑89% / ↓93%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Cloudy throughout the day. Chance of rain in the afternoon, rain in the evening.
No snow.
Potential Precip: 0.42 to 2.08 inches
Winds SE 9 to 20 mph through the morning becoming SE 6 to 15 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 25 mph. Expected wind chill to be 29 to 38 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 21st
↑45° ↓39°
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  • Dewpoint↓39° / ↑35°
  • Humidity↑75% / ↓98%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then overcast becoming mostly cloudy into the evening. Expect periods of rain throughout the day.
No snow throughout the day.
Potential Precip: 0.17 to 0.85 inches
Winds SW 10 to 21 mph through the morning shifting to W 16 to 28 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 35 mph. Expected wind chill to be 26 to 39 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 22nd
↑43° ↓33°
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  • Dewpoint↓24° / ↑20°
  • Humidity↑36% / ↓83%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning, and then clear through the afternoon and evening.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds NW 10 to 21 mph through the morning shifting to W 8 to 17 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 26 mph. Expected wind chill to be 20 to 32 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Sunday the 23rd
↑47° ↓39°
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  • Dewpoint↓26° / ↑22°
  • Humidity↑35% / ↓60%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds before noon and then partly cloudy later into the evening.
No snow throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds NW 7 to 16 mph through the morning shifting to NW 7 to 16 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 34 to 42 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update17 Dec @ 12:12
  • Snow Last 24hrs0"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs0"
  • Season Total0"
  • Average Base Depth12 to 40"
  • Today's Snow Potential0"
Comments
Snow surface is machine groomed and loose granular

  • High Lift Elevation4800
  • Base Elevation4600
  • Vertical Drop200ft
  • Longest Trail1,100ft
  • Trails2 of 2
  • Lifts3 of 2
  • Acreage0 of 7 ( 100% )
Other Info
  • Tubingyes
  • Tubing Hours10a-6p
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Conditions
  • Humidity68%
  • Dewpoint25°
  • SustainedE 3mph
  • GustingE 0mph
  • Visibility10.00 miles
  • Snow DepthUnreported
Comments
Fair
Location
Jackson County Airport, NC
  • Elevation3,766ft
  • UpdatedDec 18 @ 06:11
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Location
  • City: Sapphire
  • State: North Carolina
  • Country: United States
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December 07, 2018 - Aspen and Western Colorado Short/ Long Range Outlook
Mostly light additional snow, then a mostly sunny weekend, and  more snow next Tuesday and Wednesday (heavier)!

HOW ARE WE DOING (please contact chris@snowforecast.com or comment below)? Let us know please...

Light snow for most areas including Aspen, and  across southwest Colorado...

-The latest storm absolutely dumped RAIN and snow across southern California, is headed mainly along the Mexico border now, and taking a southern track... El Nino style, with a few" of snow across southwest Colorado to Aspen's mountains, under a moist southwest flow of moisture across the mountains, while most energy passes to the south

This coming weekend we expect a high pressure ridge to build in, with cooler air dragged into Colorado initially on Saturday, as the southern tracking low pressure system exits (northwest/ north flow of winds from the colder north), and sunshine pops through in the then drier air... Powder + sunshine, what Colorado is known for!

LONGER RANGE:
It looks like El Nino is not an official anomaly yet, as I expected in my September LR forecast (for Aspen and SW Colorado / For northern Colorado resorts) so we are in an ENSO Neutral phase, though in the latest update from NOAA, we are seeing warming waters, still a weak El Nino at best. This may explain the more southerly tracking storm systems we have seen, and will likely see in the coming weeks of December and January. CM

Next week, the 11th onward, we expect a couple of snow storms and some moderate to significant snow for western Colorado. Because these look like strong and cold systems (ask Niseko, Japan) with a good fetch of moisture across the Pacific, they are capable of good snowfall across all of western Colorado if the track is right (a bit more north). It looks like 2 storms total for next week, one Tuesday/ Wednesday and another late next week. CM

(NO CHANGE from the last LR update) : It is looking like we may see a busy time as we approach the Christmas and New Year holiday period, with some significant storms possibly lining up to affect all of the western US including Colorado... We expect to see a 7-14 day period of down time and mostly sunny skies following this series of storms, that may start around/ after Christmas. In January we see that down time to start the month (a week-ish), then storms should kick in again on a more regular basis, but possibly favoring northern resorts this time as the east coast gets hit hard and these systems brush mainly northern Colorado. More updates are coming. Do you have any ideas on what you want to see in our discussions? Please contact through the site! We do not charge for any of our info, and have been providing it all for free since 1998, "Predicting Sick Days since 1998"! CM

Expanded Outlook

Tuesday
↑49° / ↓38°
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AM

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↑45° / ↓40°
Skys
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
None expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 2 to 9 mph. Expected wind chill to be 37 to 42 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑47° / ↓40°
Skys
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 3 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be 31 to 38 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 3,162ft
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Wednesday
↑44° / ↓37°
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AM

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↑40° / ↓37°
Skys
Cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow in the morning hours.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds S 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Wind chill expected to be 30 to 32 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑43° / ↓40°
Skys
Cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds S 6 to 15 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Wind chill expected to be 30 to 36 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 3,162ft
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Thursday
↑47° / ↓40°
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AM

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↑40° / ↓40°
Skys
Overcast through the morning.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.12 to 0.58 inches
Winds
Morning winds SE 9 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Expected wind chill to be 30 to 34 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑47° / ↓44°
Skys
Overcast into the evening. Expect periods of rain through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.3 to 1.5 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds SE 6 to 15 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Expected wind chill to be 29 to 38 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 3,162ft
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Friday
↑45° / ↓39°
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AM

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↑43° / ↓41°
Skys
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy before noon. Chance of rain after daylight.
Snow
No snow in the morning hours.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.11 to 0.55 inches
Winds
Morning winds SW 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. Wind chill expected to be 32 to 39 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑40° / ↓39°
Skys
Overcast becoming mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of rain through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.06 to 0.3 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds W 16 to 28 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Expected wind chill to be 26 to 32 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 3,162ft
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Saturday
↑43° / ↓33°
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AM

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↑36° / ↓33°
Skys
Mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning.
Snow
No snow in the morning hours.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Morning winds NW 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 26 mph. Expected wind chill to be 20 to 30 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑39° / ↓38°
Skys
Clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be 28 to 32 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 3,162ft
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Sunday
↑47° / ↓39°
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AM

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↑40° / ↓39°
Skys
Clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning.
Snow
None expected through the morning.
Precipitation
None expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds NW 7 to 16 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Expected wind chill to be 34 to 39 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑45° / ↓43°
Skys
Partly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 7 to 16 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 36 to 42 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 3,162ft
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Snow Maker's Corner

Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature49°
  • Soil Low Temperature43°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature46°
  • Soil Low Temperature41°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature46°
  • Soil Low Temperature44°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature47°
  • Soil Low Temperature45°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature46°
  • Soil Low Temperature42°
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