Weather Updates

IHBC works closely with mountain meteorologists at OpenSnow.com to get the most accurate weather forecasts possible. On Saturday morning, we will make an announcement close to 6 a.m. (on our website, social media, and signage at race starts) with the final weather predictions and any race changes that may arise from that. Here is the current forecast. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Durango will be the place to be on Sunday and Monday, with mostly sunny skies and only a very slight chance for an isolated shower on Monday afternoon. Temperatures will start in the mid 40s before rising into the low 70s each day. The winds will also be very light, with gusts of only 5-10mph possible during the afternoon.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

After looking through the latest model analysis, we have a great morning in store to kick off the race!

  • The road surfaces are clear and dry so I do not see the road surfaces having any impact early this morning.
  • Our skies will also start out sunny along the entire race course as all early morning precipitation is staying well to our north!
  • For temperatures, they will be in the mid to upper 40s at start-time in Durango and in the low to mid 30s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass.
  • The winds will be very light for the majority of the race but gusts of 10-15 mph will still be possible over Coal Bank and Molas Pass into Saturday afternoon.
  • Clouds will begin to increase from the west-northwest beginning after 10 a.m. Chances for precipitation will then follow after 11 a.m., with individual storm cells moving from west to east over Coal Bank and Molas Pass.
  • Due to the slightly cooler air mass that arrived on Friday night, any precipitation will fall as snow over the higher terrain so continue to dress and plan the course accordingly.
  • Standard procedure is recommended and I remain confident that there is no need to alter the race at this time.

Friday, May 26, 2017
  • We are less than 24 hours from the race start-time and there continues to be only a slight chance for precipitation through Friday night. Any precipitation that does fall could keep the passes wet and slightly icy as cooler temperatures enter the region on Friday night. We do not see the road surfaces having an impact on the race at start-time.
  • The skies will start mostly sunny in Durango but increasing cloud cover will likely be encountered on Saturday morning over the higher terrain. Mixed rain and snow showers will be possible for a short time between 6am and 8am over the higher terrain but we have very low confidence in this scenario. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s at start-time in Durango and in the low to mid 30s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass.
  • The winds will be very light for the majority of the race but gusts of 10-20 mph will still be possible over Coal Bank and Molas Pass into Saturday afternoon. Chances for precipitation will quickly increase after 11am, with individual storm cells moving from west to east over Coal Bank and Molas Pass. Due to colder temperatures arriving on Friday night, any precipitation will fall as snow over the higher terrain so dress and plan accordingly.
  • Standard procedure is still recommended and we remain confident that there is no need to alter the race at this time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s at start time in Durango and in the low to mid 30s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. 
  • There continues to be only a slight chance for precipitation on Friday night. Any precipitation that does fall could keep the passes wet and slightly icy during the early morning hours on Saturday. We do not see the road surfaces having an impact on the race at start-time. 
  • Winds will be very light at race start-time. The winds will then increase from the west-northwest by late-morning. Gusts of 10-20 mph are possible over Coal Bank and Molas Pass through the rest of the morning and into Saturday afternoon. 
  • Clouds and showers continue to be possible over the higher terrain early Saturday morning and at the race start time. Any showers that do fall over the course will create wet road surfaces, especially over Coal Bank and Molas Pass. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 30s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass throughout the race. Precipitation over Coal Bank and Molas Pass will fall as snow so dress and plan accordingly. 
  • To wrap up, standard procedure is recommended and we remain confident that there is no need to significantly alter the race at this time. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s at start-time in Durango and in the low to mid 30s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. 
  • There is only a slight chance for precipitation on Friday. Any precipitation that does fall on Friday and into Friday night could keep the passes wet and slightly icy during the early morning hours on Saturday. We do not see the road surfaces having an impact on the race at start-time. 
  • ll on Friday and into Friday night could keep the passes wet and slightly icy during the early morning hours on Saturday. We do not see the road surfaces having an impact on the race at start-time. 
  • Winds will be very light at race start-time. The winds will then increase from the west-northwest by late-morning. Gusts of 15-25 mph are possible over Coal Bank and Molas Pass through the rest of the morning and into Saturday afternoon. 
  • Clouds and showers are possible over the higher terrain early Saturday morning and at the race start time. Any showers that do fall over the course will create wet road surfaces. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 30s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. Precipitation that does over Coal Bank and Molas Pass will fall as snow so prepare accordingly. 
  • To wrap up, standard procedure is recommended and we remain fairly confident that there is no need to significantly alter the race at this time.