Jan. 27 weather: Still waiting for the Big One …

A colorful sunrise Wednesday looking west from the Summit Voice weather deck in Frisco, Colorado.

Triggered slides likely in the backcountry, big natural slides in the Gore, close calls at East Vail

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Up to 6 inches of new snow was reported across the area from Wednesday’s storm, and spotty precipitation remains in the forecast for the next few days, favoring the southern mountains. Cloud cover will increase throughout the day under mild temperatures and southerly winds.

Breckenridge reported 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. Copper is reporting 4 inches, with 3.5 inches at A-Basin. Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone all reported 3 inches.

Snowfall in the Summit and Vail area could pick up again Thursday as an area of low pressure moves across the state, although the current weather models show the energy splitting, with part of the storm tracking through Wyoming and the rest passing along the Colorado-New Mexico border. The southern piece of energy could bring some snow to Front Range south of Denver under southeasterly winds.

Highs should be in the mid to upper 20s, with lows in the single digits and teens the next few days. At sunrise Wednesday, the thermometer was at 17 degrees at the Dillon weather station under rising barometric pressure. It was 18 degrees at Copper and 3 degrees in Kremmling.

Daylight hours are increasing quickly now. Sunrise today was at 7:16 a.m. with sunset coming at 5:18 p.m., for 10 hours and 2 minutes of daylight. That increases by a full 2 minutes Thursday.

Forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said a natural avalanche cycle is winding down, with numerous slides reported from around the Summit-Vail zone, especially on the western side, where more snow fell. Several close calls, with large triggered slides, were reported from the East Vail area, as well as large natural avalanches in the Gore Range.

The avalanche hazard is rated as considerable across much of the local backcountry, with triggered slides likely in wind-affected areas near and above treelike, on all aspects.

Check in with the CAIC on the web for a full report before heading to the backcountry, or call the local hotline at (970) 668-0600. The forecasters also want to know what you’re seeing out there. You can submit observations with a simple online form.

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One Response

  1. Since I’m from out of state and only an occasional visitor to your beautiful slopes, I rarely read your weather and avalanche stories; but this one caught my eye with that sunrise picture. You have a multi-million-dollar view.

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