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I'm dreaming of a white opener...

Lifted the NWS Severe Weather Alert off belowof wunderground.com for North Central Colorado mountains at http://www.wunderground.com/severe.asp?region=sw&setprefs.0.key=SVRMAP&setprefs.0.val=sw#gotoMap

  Elk first rifle season is still 226 hours and 4 minutes away.  Still nice to see a change in the weather patterns. Yes

 

"Statement as of 7:35 PM MDT on October 05, 2011

... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 am Thursday to
6 am MDT Friday...

* snow accumulation... above 9000 feet... 6 to 12 inches will be
possible... mainly north of Highway 40. Between 7000 to 9000
feet... 2 to 5 inches of snow may occur.

* Snow level... will be around 10000 feet late tonight and
Thursday morning... then rapidly lower to the mountain bases by
early Thursday evening.

* Winds... gusty winds of 30 to 40 mph will be common...
especially over open areas... ridges... and mountain passes.

* Visibility... less than one mile at times over the High Mountain
passes... with lower visibility in heavier snow showers.

* Impacts... roads will become slushy or snow packed over the
mountain passes. Driving conditions will become challenging and
hazardous... especially Thursday afternoon and evening when
freezing temperatures arrive and snow levels lower to around 7000
feet.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
expected. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel
very hazardous or impossible."

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You're lucky. I love hunting

You're lucky. I love hunting in the snow. I was sweating my butt off during muzzleloader season. Next year i'm hunting 3rd rifle seasom. Even though i'm using a primitive muzzleloader. I want snow and cold.

Tomorrow i'm going for a hike at 11,000ft. The snow better be there. Yes

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I'll take any weather

I don't care what the weather forecast is, the season opener can't get here fast enough.  Whether snow, sun, rain, whatever, I'll be happily hunting whatever the conditions.  I've got a couple of tags to fill and can't wait to get started.

I gotta admit I'm impressed with the hour and minute countdown.  

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it will definetly be nice to

it will definetly be nice to get some weather around here...been real dry.  I have 2nd season tags so if its anyhting like last year I will be in 2 feet of snow again.....I would not have it any other way.  I learned alot about my area with that much snow.  Been hunting there 5 years and we have yet to have had that much snow....so I am prety confident we get some good weather I know where them elk are gonna be.  Can't wait!  Good luck to all first season hunters.  I am headed to Wyoming this weekend to chase antelope and it is suppose to be crappy all weekend with snow on Saturday...should be interesting.

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Nothing like some fresh snow

Nothing like some fresh snow to hunt in and the forecast looks good except for those winds. Good luck to you and your party, stay safe and let us know how you do, good luck.

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Looks like i'll be packing

Looks like i'll be packing the snow shoes. Love the snow and the cold. Hopefully that will get the elk moving.

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That's the storm system that

That's the storm system that just pushed through us here.  Really cold, and dropped levels down to almost 7,000 feet.  Unheard of out here for October.  But, as usual, I miss the great hunting weather.  I am going out Monday, when it's supposed to be 80 and sunny. Ugh!

I love hunting the snow.  Maybe not necessarily a foot of it, but a nice powdery 3-4 inches.  Especially for a good stalk.  Nice quiet walking, easier to see through the woods.  Nice to look for brown or gray bodies moving over the white landscape.

Probably not good for the guys in second season though, in terms of the roads and such.  Tough driving out there.

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Sounds like it will be a good

Sounds like it will be a good time. I love hunting elk in the snow. Since I switched to archery I haven't hunting in the snow for elk. Mt late season deer hunts in November snows alittle and I love it. We are haveing a cold front going through my area right now and its pretty cold out. It's snowing at 5000' over the past couple days. You should have a great hunt and good luck. Keep us posted on how you do.

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Just got back from the

Just got back from the 11,000ft hike. It was almost a blizzard. Not real cold. I loved it.

 

When I heard thunder I headed back to the Jeep.

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I love thunder snow.  As long

I love thunder snow.  As long as the flashes stay away, you're good... Wink

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It was all rain yesterday but

It was all rain yesterday but by this afternoon you can see snow on all the hills around Glenwood. Not too cold really but it's definately changing now. Kind of got a sleet thing going on here now right outside of town. Could make for an interesting change elk hunting this weekend again.

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