‘Unsettled’ weather wave could bring snow to High Country
Ryan Summerlin February 10, 2012
A series of disturbances on the radar could bring a reversal of this season’s dry weather pattern – and possibly some snow accumulation – to Summit County over the next several days.
There is at least a slight chance of snow in the forecast every day for the next four days, with the best chance of accumulation expected overnight Friday and this morning.
As of Friday, Summit County was expected to see 3-5 inches of fresh powder by noon today.
The higher elevations, particularly west-facing slopes above 10,000 feet, could get a bit more accumulation, forecasters said.
The system expected to end today is the beginning of a five to 10 day unstable pattern with ongoing snow potential moving into Colorado from the Pacific this week, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service in Boulder.
“That dry period we had back in January, … that has flipped a little bit,” NWS meteorologist Kyle Fredin said. “It’s just a good unsettled period where you’re going to have a chance of snow each day.”
There is a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and tomorrow, dropping to a slight chance early next week.
Temperatures are expected to remain relatively mild over the next few days with highs in the 30s and lows dropping into the mid-teens and low 20s.
The promise of precipitation over the weekend caps off a fairly solid snow week for local resorts.
Breckenridge Ski Resort reported 12 inches of new snow this week, and 8 over the last few days. Copper Mountain had 2 inches of new snow Friday morning and 6 over the previous week. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area reported 3 inches of new snow Friday with a 43-inch base, while skiers and snowboarders at Keystone Resort were greeted with a fresh inch Friday morning for a total of 8 inches of new snow over the past 7 days.
“With temperatures staying consistently cold, the snow has remained soft and made for some great turns,” Breckenridge spokeswoman Austyn Williams said. “Some hike-to and Imperial Bowl terrain is opening intermittently as conditions permit.”
The new snow also allowed Keystone to open Erikson Bowl, bringing the resort’s total open terrain to 2,791 acres. More than 90 percent of Keystone’s hike-to terrain is now open, according to a statement from the resort Friday.
Arapahoe Basin had 48 percent of all terrain open as of Friday, though East Wall and Montezuma Bowl remained closed.
Copper mountain had 109 trails and 1,486 acres open as of Friday.