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.

Here’s a cautious morning tweet from Vail Resorts, playing up the high end of the forecast:

Six to 12? We'll see!

Most realistic forecasts are calling for 1 to 5 inches — at best — for the mountains west of the Continental Divide. But hey, they’re only quoting the winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service, so it’s all good, right?

The bulletin does mention the possibility of those amounts in the Breckenridge area, mainly on east-facing slopes above 9,000 feet.

The advisory is in effect Thursday at 5 p.m. through Friday 6 a.m. and depending on exactly which way the storm wobbles, it could bring some decent wrap-around moisture to the area — if we’re lucky.

But heavy snow is likely across the Front Range, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will issue a special avalanche statement, probably a watch at first, for those areas.

The weekend should be dry and mild, with no big snow-makers on the horizon, although another wobbly cut-off low could wander across Colorado next week.

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