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Colorado: Blizzard warning for high country

Dangerous travel conditions expected along high mountain passes

A blizzard warning is in effect for parts of the Colorado high country.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Incoming snow, combined with winds from 30 to 50 mph have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning for the north-central Colorado mountains through 12 pm. Thursday (Jan. 20).

The warning covers Summit County and Clear Creek County, as well as the northern Front Range mountains, and extends west to the Vail and Aspen areas, as well as south to Fairplay. The most dangerous conditions will be around the high mountain passes, with lesser potential for blizzard conditions in the valleys around Aspen and Vail. Continue reading

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Decent storm totals across the northern mountains, San Juans could get pounded this weekend

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Thursday’s storm ended up stalling out along the I-70 corridor, leaving most of the central and southern mountains dry, but delivering decent snowfall totals in the north-central region, with 5 inches at A-Basin and Copper, about 8 inches and Loveland and Steamboat and 6.5 inches at Winter Park, as reported in the afternoon snow report from Colorado Ski Country USA.

Since Vail Resorts doesn’t do an afternoon update, their storm totals will be reported Friday morning as new snow, but keep in mind that the snowfall was winding down by the time the resorts closed. Anecdotal reports from Breckenridge included “knee-deep” on the upper part of the mountain Thursday afternoon. Heavy snowfall also reported from the Vail Valley Thursday. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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