Colorado: Winter weather ahead

A storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest should bring a first blast of wintry weather to Colorado high country.

Parts of the high country should see some good snowfall

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — An advancing cold front associated with moist, cold air should bring widespread snow to northwestern Colorado the second half of the week, especially Wednesday night when the front crosses the area.

For now, the National Weather Service has hoisted a winter weather advisory for the north-central mountains from the Wyoming border down through Vail and Aspen, where four to eight inches are possible across the higher terrain.

Snow should start to pick up Wednesday afternoon and into the night before easing up Thursday as  drier air moves back into the region, though a strong north to northwest flow could keep orographic showers going over the peaks.

The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snowfall for the Elkhead Range, but says significant accumulations could also spread to the Park and Gore ranges.

Temperatures will also drop drastically across the mountains the next few days, by up to 20 degrees from the unseasonably warm 50s. Thursday’s and Friday’s highs are only forecast to reach the low 30s.

Nightime lows will drop to winter levels and linger in the low to mid-teens through the weekend.

Much drier conditions expected Friday, but the cold temperatures persist through the weekend, perhaps climbing back to the upper 30s by Sunday.

 

Weather: Classic upslope

Hope for the best …

A deep trough, developing to a closed low, is swinging south and east of the high country.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Lots of hype with this incoming storm, which will probably turn out to be a classic spring-like upslope, with heavy snow along parts of the Front Range and foothills, and hopefully some spillover for the local mountains, especially those near the Continental Divide. Continue reading

Colorado: Wintry weather expected in high country

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A winter weather advisory for western and southwestern Colorado begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Click for the forecast.

Hunters be aware: 6 inches of snow possible above 12,000 feet

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A low pressure system that brought strong thunderstorms to the Southern California desert and the Las Vegas area is moving into the Four Corners area and could bring an early taste of some wintry weather to the western Colorado mountains as it pulls down some colder air from the north.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 9 p.m. Wednesday night through 6 a.m. Thursday morning, calling for snow above 10,000 feet, with some areas above 12,000 feet potentially picking up as much as six inches. The weather service highlights Monarch and Independence passes, the Vail area, and the high passes of the San Juan mountains. Travelers and hunters can expect some snow to pile up on roads and result in sometimes tricky driving conditions. Continue reading

Weatherblog: Winter weather warning for Summit County

A polar satellite view shows plenty of moisture streaking across the North Pacific. Click on the image to see it in motion.

Forecasters calling for 6-12 inches by Thursday night, a warmup for the weekend and another storm early next week

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — In what is starting to sound like a broken record, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the mountains of Colorado — including Summit County — beginning Wednesday evening and lasting into Thursday.

About 6 to 12 inches of snow are possible, especially over the east-facing slopes, as a spring-like storm pushes eastward from the Great Basin. The mountains of Larimer County could see more than a foot of snow by Thursday night. Showers will be on the increase Wednesday, with more widespread snow Wednesday night into Thursday as snow levels lower to 8,000 feet overnight. Continue reading

Weatherblog: Arctic blast headed our way

A nice blob of blue over northern Colorado suggests we should pick up several more inches of snow Monday.

Triggered and natural slides possible in the backcountry; more snow Tuesday night

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The local mountains are under a winter weather advisory through 5 p.m. Monday, with another 2 to 5 inches of snow expected to fall as moisture streams into the area in the westerly flow. The snowfall will taper off in the afternoon and into the evening, but gusty winds will continue to blow snow across roads, making for winter-like driving conditions. Chain laws were in effect on many high country roads Monday morning and U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland Pass was closed. Check CDOT’s CoTrip website for the latest information. More watches and warnings are in effect for the mountains of western Colorado.

New snow and winds have also built some tender snow slabs in the backcountry, where the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has rated the avalanche danger as considerable, with a good chance that backcountry travelers could trigger a slide on steeper slopes where the slabs have developed. Some natural avalanches could also occur. Visit the CAIC online for daily zone forecasts. Continue reading

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