Summit County in for frigid temperatures, snow
December 1, 2013
It’s been mild the last several days in Summit County, but hazardous high-wind weather is in effect until Tuesday morning, with snow in the forecast about midweek.
According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Summit County temperatures are expected to again be in the mid-30s Monday, Dec. 2, with a 30-percent chance of snow. A high-wind advisory is in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, bringing with it dropping daytime temperatures in the low 20s, followed by single-digit temperatures for the rest of the week.
Temperatures could get down to negative 13 degrees Thursday, but despite the cold weather there’s a good chance of snow in the forecast.
On Tuesday, there is an 80-percent chance of snow. Snow will continue to be in the forecast throughout the week with a 70-percent chance Wednesday and a 30-percent chance on Thursday.
But Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said accumulation would be on the light side. A southwestern flow coupled with cold temperatures means little more than 1 to 3 inches of snow in Summit County’s immediate future.
“Colder weather plus high wind is going to impact us most,” Cooper said. “The southwest wind direction is not favorable for Summit County in terms of snow. Generally, a southwest flow would favor Steamboat Springs. We need a north to northwest flow.”
Frigid temperatures continue to prevail until next week, with forecasted temperatures in the single digits and low teens through Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Cold weather and strong winds not only means a higher risk of avalanches, Cooper said, but also marks the time of year when people need to begin taking certain precautions at home, as well as for themselves.
Single-digit temperatures are nothing new in the High Country, but this is the first single-digit temperature event of the winter, which could put water lines at risk.
“Basically, you don’t want to leave your houses unheated,” Cooper said. “And, with Colorado’s ever-changing weather, it’s also a good idea for people to dress in layers.”