Dangerous travel conditions expected along high mountain passes
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.
The NWS is discouraging mountain travel late Wednesday night and early Thursday, as some mountain passes may become impassable or even close during this time. Snow could pile up between 2 and 7 inches deep across the higher terrain and winds gusting up to 90 mph will result in near zero visibility at times.
Moisture will continue to stream through the area the next few days, but forecasts are now less aggressive with snowfall, in part due to warm temps aloft that limit crystal production.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center, often providing the most accurate short-term forecast, is calling for 1 to 5 inches in the Vail-Summit zone through Thursday night.