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Breckenridge, Summit County's ski resorts blasted with winter snowstorm and high winds

A storm rolled in late Saturday night and by the time it broke early Sunday afternoon there was as much as a foot of snow on the ground in some parts of Summit County.

The local mountains faired well as local skiers and riders hit the hills early for the first bonafide powder day of the season. As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain and Loveland Ski Area all were reporting 8 inches of new snow and powder/packed powder conditions.

Keystone Resort and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area caught their fair shares of the storm, reporting 6 inches and 5 inches of new snow, respectively.

Looking ahead, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Boulder said more snow is coming, but not until the end of the week.

Meteorologist Lisa Kriederman said there’s a 30 percent chance of snow beginning Wednesday night into Thursday morning, increasing to 40 percent Thursday night into Friday. However, that looming storm system is still too far out to make any predictions about how much snow Summit County could expect, Kriederman said.

Until then, the weather is going to be mostly clear, but breezy with westerly winds aloft, Kriederman said. On Monday, winds will range between 15 miles per hour and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. The 15 mph to 25 mph winds will continue into Tuesday, but gusts could increase to as high as 40 mph.

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The Summit Daily Updated Nov 17, 2013 08:02PM Published Nov 20, 2013 01:26PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.