Colorado: Storm rolling in …

Forecaster still uncertain for high country snow totals

A big Pacific trough is working its way inland, bringing snow to much of Colorado.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A winter storm rolling out of the Four Corners toward Colorado is billed as having the potential to drop several feet of snow in parts of the state, but even late Friday night, forecast models were still not in complete agreement as to where the heaviest snow will fall Saturday through Sunday.

National Weather Service forecasters have issues winter storm watches and warnings, as well as blizzard watches for almost the entire state, but the Denver-based forecasters warned that, “Summit County could very well get sheltered again in this Front Range storm.” The forecasters also said the upper low might eject farther south than previously anticipated, which would push the heavier snow amounts farther south. Click here for the latest updates and links to all the warnings.

The San Juans will definitely see good snow amounts, with up to two feet possible in the most favored areas, and the upslope-easterly flow component should also help produce heavy snow across the south-central mountains around Monarch Pass, but the outlook is less certain for the north-central mountains.

In its Friday afternoon update, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center was forecasting 2 to 4 inches for the Summit-Vail zone Friday night, with another 4 to 6 inches during the day Saturday, with the highest totals in the Front Range zone. Click here to visit the CAIC forecast.

The storm should roll east out of Colorado by Saturday night with only a few lingering showers into Sunday night, with generally warm and dry conditions for next week.


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