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Colorado: Storm rolling in …

Forecaster still uncertain for high country snow totals

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A big Pacific trough is working its way inland, bringing snow to much of Colorado.
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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. Continue reading “Colorado: Storm rolling in …”

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Weatherblog: Widespread snow!

A National Weather Service graphic shows a stationary front draped parallel to the I-70 corridor.

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!”

Weatherblog: A few more powder days?

As a westerly flow set up across the West, a massive storm, with a hurricane-like eye over Missouri and Indiana, dominated the eastern U.S. The storm was fueled by subtropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from northern Canada.

Unsettled weather forecast for the next 3 to 5 days

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s not quite time to put away those boards just yet. After a fine, spring-like start to the weekend, forecast models are lining up to predict a stormy start to the coming work week, with the potential for some significant snow accumulation across the northern mountains of Colorado, especially starting Monday night.

A Pacific moisture plume was already spreading into the Colorado Rockies Friday evening, visible as thin, high elevation mare’s tail clouds. Those clouds will gradually increase and lower from the west under a nearly zonal flow. A few disturbances embedded in the flow could trigger some thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, especially as daytime heating increases convection. A better chance of showers Sunday, with more moisture in the atmosphere, but snow levels will remain high thanks to the warm air mass in place over the region. Continue reading “Weatherblog: A few more powder days?”

Weatherblog: A little bonus storm …

A pronounced low pressure area off the Pacific Northwest coast will spin bits of energy toward Colorado the next few days.

Solid snowfall totals Sunday, more on the way this week?

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The shortwave trough of low pressure that raced across the northern Rockies early Sunday morning delivered respectable amounts of snow to many resorts in northern Colorado, with Loveland, the big winner, reporting 11 inches.  Winter Park reported 8.5 inches, while Copper, Steamboat, Sol Vista Basin, Snowmass, Ski Cooper, and Copper all reporting 6 inches, while A-Basin picked up 5 inches.

All in all, not a bad score for a storm that wasn’t expected to produce much, and a similar wave is expected to move through area Monday morning, followed by a somewhat more vigorous wave sometime around mid-week, though that storm may come in out of the southwest and drop more of the goods on the state’s southwestern quadrant. Continue reading “Weatherblog: A little bonus storm …”