La Niña prevails with moist northwest flow; 10 inches new at A-Basin, 9 inches at Copper and 12 inches at Loveland. Go get some.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — An undulating firehouse of moisture out of the northwest will shift a bit to the east on Sunday, allowing for a temporary lull in snowfall. Forecasters with the National Weather Service Grand Junction said they don’t expect the snow to stop completely, but the heaviest precipitation during the day will likely be confined to the higher peaks and northwest facing slopes.
Saturday snowfall totals included 10 inches at A-Basin, 9 inches at Copper, 12 inches at Loveland, 11 inches at Eldora, 7 inches at Steamboat and 8 inches at Winter Park.
Another small vort max (area of intensified atmospheric turbulence) could roll through Sunday night after midnight to increase snowfall rates, followed by another lull late Monday. But by late Monday afternoon, another Arctic cold front will begin nosing into the area, bringing another round of heavier snowfall and a shot of cold air. It’s not going to get as cold as it was last week, but expect Tuesday’s highs to reach only into the teens. Wednesday could be a single-digit day, and lows the middle of next week will once again plunge well below zero.
Bottom line, expect another 2 to 4 inches of snow Sunday and Sunday night, with a high around 20. More showers Monday with a few inches possible and a high of 25 degrees, with the dropping down to 2 degrees. The cold front should reach the I-70 corridor mid-day Tuesday, with a chance for a good blast of snow associated with the front, and highs in the mid-teens. Wednesday will be the coldest day of the week, with temperatures rebounding under sunny skies Thursday and Friday.
Readings from automated SNOTEL sites around the state include 122 inches at the Tower site, near Steamboat Springs, 61 inches at Copper Mountain, 67 inches at Grizzly Peak and 62 inches at Wolf Creek Summit. Get all the SNOTEL readings here.