Forecasters overshoot snow estimates today for Summit County
March 21, 2013
Summit County likely will not see the nearly 2 feet of snow expected to accumulate from a storm that started Wednesday night and is on track to continue today.
A last minute readjustment of the models killed forecasts initially calling for 5-10 inches overnight and an additional 4-8 inches today. Weather watchers now expect hardly more than a dusting above 11,000 feet and generally even less than that at lower elevations.
“The afternoon forecast was adjusted down a little bit because the storm’s not looking as exciting as it had before,” Spencer Logan, forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said Wednesday. “The Vail side could still do pretty well.”
Vail was on track to see 3-6 inches on the peaks Wednesday night and up to 7 inches today, but very little of the moisture from that storm is expected to make it over the pass.
Snow remains in the forecast for the remainder of the week, but projected accumulations are small and temperatures are fairly cold.
The National Weather Service is calling for less than 2 inches of snow today and less than an inch on Friday, with high temperatures only in the 20s and lows falling into the single digits by Saturday night.
Snow had begun to accumulate in Frisco by 6 p.m. Wednesday night after two days of sunshine as temperatures dipped into the 20s.
Forecasters say the models differ heading into next week, with some projections calling for a return to drier weather and others suggesting the possibility of more snow.
Wednesday marked the first day of spring.