A powder weekend on the way for Summit County | SummitDaily.com

A powder weekend on the way for Summit County

The surge of snow that began Friday could continue through the weekend, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

After snowfall all day Friday, the winter weather is expected to let up a bit today and the sun may even break through, forecasters say. As much as 2 inches of new snow are possible today with a bit more accumulation possible tonight, but the heavier snow is not expected to begin until Sunday. Forecasts say Summit County will round off the weekend with an 80 percent chance of snow through Sunday night and 3-4 inches of additional accumulation possible.

At press time, local ski resorts were reporting 4 inches of fresh snow Friday and another 2-4 inches were anticipated overnight.

Temperatures are expected to remain mild, with highs in the mid-30s through the weekend and overnight lows in the teens Saturday night and single digits on Sunday. Winds are expected to be fairly low in the valleys, though higher gusts are possible at higher elevations.

“It’s not a big deep, cold system that’s getting (to) the mountains,” Weather Service forecaster Todd Dankers said. “It should be a good weekend for skiing.”

The winter weather is expected to continue through Sunday, but forecasters say Summit will likely be mostly clear again by Monday.

The new snow is expected to arrive in time to greet an influx of visitors in Breckenridge, which is anticipating occupancy rates to reach 80 percent this weekend and stay high for the next few weeks.

“According to reports that we’ve seen things are starting to look up,” Breckenridge Resort Chamber spokeswoman Rachel Zerowin said. “We do think that snow has undoubtedly aided in many of our marketing efforts.”

The weather is expected to stay clear through early next week, with a possible high of 45 Tuesday. The next chance for snowfall is Wednesday, according to forecasts.

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