Ski Report: Heavy snow and potentially dangerous conditions Thanksgiving weekend

San Juan mountain snowfall forecast November 28, 2019
Posted at 7:48 AM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 09:48:24-05

A strong storm continues to move through the state through Saturday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds.

Winter Storm Warning (pink) and Winter Weather advisory (purple)

Ski areas west of the Continental Divide will see the highest impacts, specifically the San Juan mountains, including Telluride and Wolf Creek. Avalanche watches are in place until Saturday morning in the San Juan region, where you are not advised to ski in the back country. 3 to 5 feet of snow is possible through Saturday.

Elsewhere, totals will be less than a foot for the more popular ski areas along I-70, especially drying out the further east you go. The strong winds will be a bigger factor east of the Continental Divide, on the drier side of the storm. Winds will be gusty on Friday, but the windiest day will be Saturday where gusts can range from 60-75 mph on the mountain peaks.

High wind watch (yellow)

Bundle up this weekend and be extra cautious on the roads. Travel is not advised in the areas under a Winter Storm Warning.

Thankfully, Sunday looks much better with sunshine and calm conditions returning to the state!