US 441 has just been re-closed due to ice and snow. We are now up to 6" of snow on the ground with flakes still falling. A new wrinkle to the conditions are the increasing winds. We are getting gusts in excess of 20 mph currently, which is causing snow drifts to form. Temperatures remain in the mid 20s.
It's definitely been an interesting week on the mountain. Late yesterday evening, before the last of the light faded from the sky, we witnessed a quick shift in the precipitation. The clouds that had been misting on us much of the day quickly skipped from sleet to snow. Temps slowly creeped below the freezing mark, leaving us to wonder what kind of scene we would wake up to in the morning. Once again, we were to be blessed with another day in May with snow.
We received 4" of snow during the night, coming after 0.3" of rainfall. The melted snow accounted for another 1" of liquid precipitation. Yesterday's high temperature was a meager 47, and our low bottomed out at 25. It's been holding in the mid 20s ever since, with snow flakes once again coming down. Given the forecast, it's highly likely that we'll see a bump in the accumulation before this system moves out.
Temperatures are expected to remain frigid up here throughout the day. The sun is slated to take back control tomorrow with a rise in day time temps. Trail conditions will be soggy as the snow melts. We won't be seeing the llamas again until the roads and trails are cleared of all debris. We gathered reports yesterday of numerous trees down on all trails to and from the mountain.
Have a great weekend and be safe.