Arctic air brings low temps below zero; mostly dry weather forecast through next weekend
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Our vaunted La Niña continues to behave more like her big brother this year, with a persistent split-flow that has dumped copious amounts of snow in Canada and looped the southern branch of the jet stream far down into Southern California and the southwestern deserts.
The weekend storms ended up dropping plenty of snow around Colorado — just not in Summit County. Storm totals ending Sunday afternoon include:
- Wolf Creek: 30 inches
- Echo Mountain: 18 inches
- Silverton: 13 inches
- Purgatory: 9 inches
- Steamboat: 9 inches
- Telluride: 8 inches
- Sunlight: 6.5 inches
- Aspen Mountain: 6 inches
- Vail: 10 inches
- Beaver Creek: 7 inches
Totals around Summit County ranged from 2 to 4 inches during the weekend, in a storm pattern that’s somewhat a reversal of last year’s. There’s no big change in the medium-term forecast, which calls for another system to slide by Sunday night and Monday with a chance of light snow and perhaps a couple of inches of accumulation, along with some arctic air.
That means we’ll see some of the coldest reading of the year, with nighttime lows well below zero (minus 10 to minus 5) and highs climbing only into the single digits and low teens through Tuesday, when some high pressure and warmer temps will return. Wednesday’s highs will feel downright balmy, climbing back up near freezing.
Dry weather is expected to prevail through next weekend.