SUMMIT COUNTY — A fast-moving storm dropping out of the northwest brought a measure of relief to ski areas along the I-70 corridor, with snow totals ranging between 5 and 8 inches at most areas.
Beaver Creek and Echo Mountain both claimed 9 inches of snow, with most of the precipitation falling Saturday during the day. Several resorts reported 8-inch totals, including Vail, Aspen, Buttermilk, Snowmass and Copper Mountain, which has its snowstake cam to prove it.
The storm favored the northern and central mountains, while the San Juans reported less snow, with 4 inches at Telluride and 1 inch at Wolf Creek, which still has the deepest base in the state, at 52 inches.
High pressure will dominate Monday and Tuesday with warming temperatures, making for some of the best ski days of the season so far.
The weather models are still in some disagreement, but there’s a chance for another storm arriving along with some colder air Wednesday, then another warmup late in the week.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The spring snowpack across northern Colorado continued to grow during April, with the automated Tower SNOTEL site, near Buffalo Pass in the Park Range, setting an all-time record for water equivalent. As of May 1, the sensors at the Tower site measured 200 inches of snow on the ground, which would melt out to 72.6 inches of water, surpassing the previous record of 71.1 inches set back in 1978.
Freshies on closing day at Breckenridge and Copper Mountain
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The 2010 — 2011 ski season will end the way it began at Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, as much of the Colorado high country wakes up to winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories. According to the National Weather Service, 5 to 10 inches of snow could pile up across some of the northern and central mountains by Sunday morning — great powder conditions on closing day.
Not all Colorado ski areas are closing down. A-Basin and Loveland remain open with the deepest snowpack of the season. A-Basin has picked up a few inches of new snow almost every day this week and Loveland reported passing the 500-inch mark for the season a few days ago. A-Basin reported 360 inches of snow for the season early last week and an 89-inch base as of Saturday morning.
Saturday’s snow is being fueled by a nearly stationary polar frontal zone that’s been wobbling north and south the past few days. A Pacific disturbance sliding eastward along the front will provide lift and intensify snowfall at the higher elevations throughout the day. Some areas could see periods of heavy snow, including a chance of thunder-snow. Yet another, and slightly stronger disturbance will move through Sunday, with a continued chance of snow. Under a generally southwest flow, the San Juans and West Elks could see the heaviest snowfall, with accumulations of 10 to 20 inches possible. Continue reading “Weatherblog: Widespread snow!”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Quiet weather is expected for most of the coming week, but the late February storm that exited the area Sunday helped boost the snowpack across the state, with all the major river basins reporting near to above-normal readings.
In the San Juans, the snowpack is at 99 percent of average, good news during a La Niña year when the southwest corner of the state can often be quite dry.
Fresh powder at all Colorado ski areas; large and dangerous avalanches expected in the central and southern mountains
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — In the last edition of the weatherblog, we asked, “Whither the jet stream?” Well, we got our answer Thursday night and Friday morning as a fire hose of steady snow set up across much of Colorado, delivering impressive snow totals around the state, with the biggest totals in the central mountains. Monarch reported a 26-inch storm total, while Crested Butte reported 22 inches. Click here for the full snow report.
That bullseye area is now under an avalanche warning valid through 12 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 27), where forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are expecting a cycle of large natural avalanches on northwest to east-facing slopes.
Heavy snow possible Monday afternoon through Tuesday; backcountry avalanche danger will increase
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The next round of winter storm warnings have been issued for the north-central mountains of Colorado, with snowfall expected to increase Monday afternoon ahead of an Arctic front diving southeastward toward the area.
Both the Boulder and Grand Junction-based forecasters are calling for a period of heavy snow beginning Monday night and lasting into sometime Tuesday, with 8 to 14 inches possible on northwest facing slopes that wring the maximum amount of moisture from the moist flow. The warning is in effect from 12 p.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday. Continue reading “Weatherblog: Another day, another dump”→
Valley temps could climb into the low 40s by the weekend
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It looks like January will wind down with some calm and mild weather, as high pressure builds across the West, bringing sunny skies and temperatures climbing up to the high 30s and even the low 40s by the end of the week. But first, another weak system — the last in the series — will move through the mountains. with snow expected along the I-70 corridor by mid-day Tuesday and lingering along the Continental Divide into Tuesday night.
Each successive forecast model has weakened the incoming wave, with the most recent forecasts only calling for a trace to a few inches of snow in the most-favored spots. Strong high pressure will set up in blocking pattern Wednesday and remain over the area through most of the weekend, with the next best chance of snow Sunday night into Monday. Continue reading “Weatherblog: January to end with a thaw”→