Sunny holiday week ahead for Summit County
Ryan Summerlin November 19, 2012
Summit County may offer up as many pleas for a white Thanksgiving as many locales do for a white Christmas, but this year it doesn’t look like Mother Nature will deliver.
The first major holiday of the ski season is shaping up to be sunny, mild and perhaps a little breezy in the High Country, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s today will set the stage for a warm holiday week. High temperatures in the low 40s will be paired with sunshine again on Wednesday as winds start to pick up during the day.
Thanksgiving Day is expected to be sunny as well, although a little cooler as the wind continues. NWS forecasts call for breezy weather and temperatures in the low 30s.
The wind is expected to die down Friday, but conditions should stay clear and mild.
Weather watchers with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center don’t expect another storm to move in before the end of the week.
“Expect continued dry and mild weather as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,” forecaster Brian Lazar stated in his morning weather report Monday. “The next chance for good mountain snow is at least a week away.”
November is again lagging behind average snowfall numbers, a trend that kept up through the better part of the winter last year, creating drought conditions across Colorado by summer.
Breckenridge has racked up two inches of snow three weeks into November, a month that produces 24.4 inches on average, according to NWS data.
Last year, 15 inches of snow fell in Breckenridge by the end of November, but was followed by a dismal December with only 4 inches of fresh powder.
All four Summit County ski areas are open, and generating man-made snow to continue expanding terrain offerings.