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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Colorado skiing on Memorial Day Weekend, 2015, "fresh snow this morning" per Arapahoe Ski Patrol. Northeast US temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than usual, record low in Glens Falls, NY

5/23/15, "Web Cam at Mid-Mountain/Black Mountain Lodge,"

"Ski Patrol Comments,

With some fresh snow this morning you are guaranteed to have some fun! Check out the lower mountain first thing in the morning with a couple of Sundance and High Noon warm up runs, then head to the top for some fun in Lenawee Parks and Norway Face. With snow in the forecast for the next couple of days smiles and laughs are sure to be had. DW" 


5/23/15, "A Taste of Winter on Memorial Day Weekend,", Linda Lam

"The start to the Memorial Day weekend, which is the traditional start to summer, was greeted with a reminder of winter in some areas of northern New England.

Snow came down heavy at times Saturday morning in northern New England. Visibility dropped to a quarter mile at times due to the heavy snow.

The snow was due to a cold upper-level low that moved through the region. Light rain changed to snow in spots early Saturday morning as temperatures continued to plummet. High temperatures on Friday afternoon reached the 50s and 60s but dropped to the 30s and 40s by sunrise on Saturday....

One inch of snow accumulated in Presque Isle, Maine and 5.2 inches was reported near Portage, Maine.

The snow this morning is the second latest measurable snow on record in Caribou, Maine. The latest measurable snowfall in Caribou is 0.2 inches on May 25, 1974. 

Temperatures dropped into the 30s for parts of northern New England and Upstate New York on Saturday morning as high pressure moved into the region from Canada. Frost and freeze warnings were issued for Friday night and Saturday morning across portions of the Northeast.

A record low was even set in Glens Falls, New York when the temperature fell to 31 degrees.

It was even colder on Mount Washington in New Hampshire where temperatures bottomed out at 10 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees below zero when a wind gust of 68 mph was reported. Snow was also reported here overnight.

It will remain cool during the afternoon, with high temperatures up to 10 degrees below where they should be for this time of year. Winds will be gusty at times which will make if feel even cooler. 

The good news is that this will not last long as a significant warming trend is on the way. Northern New England will go from winter on Saturday morning to summer by Monday.

Skiing for Memorial Day

If you are not quite ready for summer activities yet and have not put your skis away then you may be in luck. Parts of the Rockies and Sierra Mountains have also seen snow recently, which is allowing a few resorts to stay open for skiing this holiday weekend.

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is open this Memorial Day weekend and has more base to ski on than they did in March. They also reported some fresh snow on Saturday morning.

Mammoth Mountain in California will also be open this Memorial Day weekend due to snow that fell last week. They are offering a ski, bike and golf package.

MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Snow in Colorado May 18-20 (PHOTOS)"


5/20/15, "Arapahoe Basin, blessed by feet of May snow, is drawing big crowds," Denver Post, Jesse Paul

"They are skipping school, calling in sick and heading to Colorado from all over the country, because powder days — especially in May — are just too good to miss. 

"It feels like March 20th, not May 20th," said Stu Caren, who lives in Silverthorne and has skied about 90 days this season. He was on a lift headed for Arapahoe Basin's summit Wednesday. "It's so good."

At an elevation of 10,780 feet, along a tributary of the Snake River, it feels like Mother Nature doesn't know summer is pawing at her door. In the last month alone, more than 44 inches of snow have blanketed ski area trails — and cool temperatures ensure the snow doesn't quickly disappear
Arapahoe Basin is the only ski area still open in Colorado, in part because its high elevation prevents snow on the slopes from melting off. That advantage means a monopoly on anyone wanting late season turns, as was clear Wednesday by the line of skiers and snowboarders waiting at 8:30 a.m for lifts to start turning.

"I had a late season itch," said Chaang Suwan, who drove about eight hours from Park City, Utah, to Arapahoe Basin last weekend in a trip planned just two days prior. "I was like, 'I'm not done.' "
Suwan said his stay was supposed to end earlier, but conditions have been so good that he called his boss and took off longer....

More snow has fallen already this month at Arapahoe Basin than did during January or March, extending a Colorado ski season that saw inconsistent moisture and worried operators about revenue. Storms brought so much snow on Mother's Day, May 10, the ski area recorded its highest number of single-day visitors ever

While A-Basin declined to say exactly how many skiers and riders were there, executives said it was 15 percent more than on the previous record day of April 24, 2010.

The late season dumps have helped not only recreational skiers, but also are letting Olympic hopefuls including a delegation from China train in better conditions in cordoned-off mogul courses. "It's imperative," Bobby Aldighieri, who coaches skiers out of Steamboat Springs, said Wednesday as he oversaw training. "Anyone who is going to be in the games and win medals — it's just part of the schedule."

While May snow isn't unusual for Arapahoe Basin, which typically gets about 30 inches during the month, locals say the timing and quality has stood out over other memorable years.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder estimated this week that the ski area could see between 250 to 300 percent more than its average snowfall for the month before all is said and done. Forecasters are calling for more precipitation into next week.

"Late season snowfall is always good for us," said Alan Henceroth, the area's chief operating officer. "You should never underestimate how much people like to ski and snowboard."

Right now, Arapahoe Basin has posted tentative closing date of June 7, but Henceroth says that isn't set in stone: "Things are looking favorable.""


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