Forecasters: More snow on tap for Summit County
Ryan Summerlin February 22, 2013
Summit County could see more of the same on-and-off winter weather this weekend that has delivered several inches of snow across the county over the last week.
Forecasters say an additional 3-6 inches could accumulate before a stronger storm system moves out of the area on Sunday night.
The snow is expected to pick up again today as a weaker storm hits the mountains, with only minimal accumulations expected. The precipitation will decrease tonight as winds pick up, but a second, stronger wave of winter weather is expected to bring more snow Saturday and into Sunday.
“Wrap-around snow will continue … Friday,” meteorologist and weather blogger Joel Gratz posted on OpenSnow.com. “Then a strong cold front will bring snow on Saturday night and a powder day for most on Sunday.”
OpenSnow.com is calling for heavier snowfall in the Breckenridge area this weekend, with 6-10 inches in the forecast Saturday night.
Forecasts call for temperatures to remain fairly mild through the snowy weekend, with overnight lows in the single digits and highs usually in the teens. Saturday, the mercury is expected to climb into the low 30s.
The storms will impact driving conditions over the weekend, but aren’t expected to produce the high winds that can reduce visibility or cause blizzard-like conditions on the roads.
“It definitely should affect the commute, especially higher up in the mountains,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said. “But probably not too badly. It should be a typical commute for a storm up there.”
The Colorado Department of Transportation will continue snow-shifts – regular plowing operations with drivers on 12-hour shifts on both the Front Range and the Interstate 70 corridor through the storm.
Heavy snowfall Wednesday night and through the day Thursday produced some icy and snowpacked roads, transportation officials reported.
Drivers are encouraged to prepare for longer commute times, as well as icy spots on bridges, overpasses and ramps.
Approximately 30 snow plows are currently working the I-70 corridor between Denver and Vail, according to a CDOT statement.