Storm to linger through Friday, followed by some of the coldest temps of the winter
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — La Niña pulled out all the stops for the day of March, bringing a moist northwest flow that dropped copious snow across Colorado. The central mountains and the northern San Juans did especially well with the latest storm, as Crested Butte picked up 19 inches for a 24-hour snow total, with 11 inches at Monarch, 10 inches at Aspen and 24 inches at Silverton Mountain.
And the National Weather Service says it’s not over yet. Heavier snow will begin again Friday morning and will be widespread across the state, with the northern mountains favored under the northwest flow, according to the latest update.
Winter storm warnings and advisories remain in effect through 6 p.m. Friday. On the back side of the storm, some of the coldest air of the winter will flow into the area, with many areas above 9,000 expected to see sub-zero lows. In general, temps will be 10 t0 15 degrees below average, though record lows don’t appear threatened.
The incoming storms means the avalanche warning for the north San Juan and Gunnison zones will likely remain in effect, and the avalanche danger probably will not ease across the rest of the mountains, where snow and wind have combined to create a considerable risk of both natural and triggered releases, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Sunday will bring high pressure a quick warmup under a strong westerly flow ahead of the next weak system, scheduled to arrive late Tuesday. Another storm may be headed for the area next weekend.
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