A big storm moving in from the west, but forecasters say it will split, bringing only a few inches to Summit County late in the weekend. Let's hope they're wrong.
Good snow for Gold Rush weekend, new tender slabs in the backcountry … snow Sunday?
SUMMIT COUNTY — El Niño continues to play tricky, as the storm that swept through the area Thursday evening delivered more goods to downtown Frisco than to some of the nearby ski areas.
But that’s not all bad considering it’s the weekend of Summit County’s biggest Nordic event, the Frisco Goldrush. It’s also Colorado’s cross-country ski and snowshoe competition and the trails at the Frisco Nordic Center should be in great shape for the Feb. 7 races.
Read Caitlin Row’s nice Summit Daily story on the history of the event here. And get more information from the town’s web site, including times for the 6th annual Spontaneous Combustion community bonfire here.
New snow reports around the area include 1 inch at A-Basin (3 in the past two days), 5 inches at Eldora and 2 at Winter Park, showing the Front Range- upslope component of the storm, and 3 inches at Wolf Creek. Keystone also reported 3 inches, with 1 to 2 inches at Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Vail.
Feb. 5 is National Weatherman’s Day, commemorating the 1744 birthday of John Jeffries, who started taking daily weather observations in Boston and took the first balloon observation in 1784. Get more information here.
The Boulder office of the National Weather Service says high pressure will build into our area today, but moisture slipping underneath the ridge could fuel a chance of showers in the mountains, with generally light accumulations of less than 1 inch, although a few mountain slopes could pick up a bit more from a locally heavy snow shower. Better chances of snowfall late in the weekend. Here’s the outlook from the NWS:
THE WEATHER WILL TAKE A TURN SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT TO MORE SNOW AND COLDER TEMPERATURES. THIS OCCURS AS A MORE SIGNIFICANT UPPERLEVEL TROUGH MOVES EAST ACROSS THE DESERT SOUTHWEST AND AT THE SAME TIME AN UPPER LOW IN THE NORTHERN STREAM DROPS SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS STATES. THE UPPER TROUGH TO OUR SOUTHWEST APPEARS TO PRODUCE DEEP AND AT LEAST WEAK Q-G ASCENT OVER THE FORECAST AREA DURING THAT TIME PERIOD…WHILE THE NORTHERN BRANCH ENERGY WILL PUSH A STRONGER COLD FRONT SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE PLAINS WITH DEEPER AND STRONGER UPSLOPE FORCING. THE COMBINATION OF THE TWO SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL…SO INCREASED POPS FURTHER FOR THE SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT PERIOD. AT THIS TIME…NOT EXPECTING A BIG SNOWFALL BUT ENOUGH TO CAUSE SLICK ROADS AND TRAVEL ISSUES GIVEN THE COLDER TEMPERATURES DEVELOPING BY SUNDAY NIGHT.
The snow from Thursday night is forming tender new slabs atop an already fragile snowpack, so the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is maintaining the danger level at “considerable” on north through south-facing slopes near treeline. The danger is listed as moderate in other parts of the zone. Many people are caught in avalanches under the moderate rating, which tends to build a false sense of security in backcountry travelers. Click here to familiarize yourself with the rating scale, and take the time to note that a moderate rating still includes the potential for dangerous slides.
Check in with the CAIC for daily bulletins or call the local hotline at (970) 668-0600 before heading to the backcountry.
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