9/24: LIGHT WINDS AND HAZY BLUE SKIES. Crested Butte Weather and Gunnison Valley Daily Weather Update-For Today- 9/24: This wave that passed to our north through the last 24 hours will brush the divide and higher terrain with it’s southern most end potentially offering a little cloud cover over those areas this morning. That’s it for variables in the flow and we are looking at another day of sunny skies and haze with winds building into the afternoon.
Temperatures: Overnight lows have stayed cold under the clear skies at 29 for Crested Butte and 33 for Gunnison. Highs will climb to 74 for Gunni and 70 for CB by the afternoon. Lows tonight will look the same or slightly cooler.
Outlook: We are seeing a fast moving northern jet stream that is about to run into a huge trough over the eastern US and the result will slow the western flow. Look for more warm dry conditions under a zonal west to east flow through Saturday but then the fronts meet and the northern flow will drop south. Changes should be limited to just some more cloud cover Sunday but this is our one variable in the forecast. Hot and dry remains the trend with smoke remaining in the picture into next week.
9/23: A COLDER CLEAR START. Crested Butte Weather and Gunnison Valley Daily Weather Update-For Today- 9/23: Drier air moved in faster than expected overnight as the tail end of the weak wave moved through. The result is a colder and clearer than expected morning that will see smoke rolling in as the west northwest flow takes over. We may see some clouds with precipitable water levels still reasonably high this afternoon but we start a drier trend that takes us through the weekend.
Temperatures: Overnight lows dropped further than anticipated to 33 for Gunnison and 31 for Crested Butte. Highs will reach 74 for Gunni and 70 for CB by the afternoon. Lows tonight will stay cold and comparable to last night.
Outlook: A trough passing to the north will have our pattern switching from the northwest to west and back to the southwest through the extended forecast. The variables will be increasing winds through Friday and smoke but skies remain clear into next week. Models now keep the cold front for the weekend to the north so highs won’t drop much with a pretty steady start to fall holding into next week.
US National Weather Service Denver/Boulder ColoradoSmoke from the Cameron Peak Fire, Mullen Fire, and Middle Fork Fire is mixed in among the clouds across Colorado and Wyoming this evening. Smoke is expected to persist across northeastern CO through at least tomorrow. #cowx ... See MoreSee Less