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Colorado: Storm delivers needed snowfall

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Fresh snow in the Colorado high country.

Monday could see additional accumulations in the high country

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A chilly storm out of the north brought widespread snow to the Colorado high country Saturday afternoon and evening, with most areas reporting between 5 and 8 inches of accumulation. The snow will wind down Sunday with only a few flurries lingering over the higher peaks as temperatures drop to the lowest readings of the season.

Copper, Keystone, A-Basin and Breckenridge all reported about half a foot of snow in the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, with 9 inches at Eldora, 15 inches at Aspen Mountain and 14 inches at Snowmass. Get the full snow report at the CSCUSA website.

Frisco was reporting 11 degrees at 6 a.m. and it’s not likely to get any warmer — in fact, it will probably get a little colder as the day goes on with a modified Arctic air mass moving over the area. Under clearing skies Sunday night, temps are expected to drop well below zero before starting to moderate slightly on Monday, when another weather system is forecast to bring more snow to areas favored by orographic flow. Another 3 to 5 inches is possible Monday into Tuesday morning.

Highs on Monday will be in the teens, then climbing upward through mid-week and back to above normal by Thursday, when highs will reach near 40. With snow on the ground, expect nighttime lows to remain seasonably chilly, especially under clear skies.

Outside the resorts, readings at SNOTEL sites also reflect the welcome boost in moisture, with 10 inches on the ground at the Copper site, 19 inches at Loveland Basin and 14 inches at the Grizzly Peak site and 13 inches at Fremont Pass, between Copper and Leadville.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a special advisory statement warning that the new snow could bring the season’s first significant avalanches, with snow in wind-drifted areas prone to releasing under the weight of backcountry skiers or snowboarders. Check the CAIC website for details.

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