Meteorologist: Weekend snowfall to continue ‘off and on’ |

Meteorologist: Weekend snowfall to continue ‘off and on’

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SUMMIT COUNTY – About 3 to 5 inches of snow could be expected to fall in Summit County between today and Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS meteorologist Scott Entrekin said to expect “kind of a continued off-and-on light snow with amounts kind of diminishing Friday morning and maybe increasing again later” tonight.

Saturday night is predicted to have a 60 percent chance of snow, while there’s a 30 percent chance for the white stuff on Sunday.

A system moving east from the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring precipitation similar with the El Nino patterns that have consistently brought more snow to mountains south of Summit County.

“So at least at that point, additional snow may be kind of limited,” Entrekin said.

In the next month, the NWS Climate Prediction Center predicts above-average precipitation for most of Colorado – possibly continuing over the next three months.

The Farmer’s Almanac calls for snow showers and flurries this weekend, sunny cold weather next week and seasonable flurries from Feb. 26-28.

Meanwhile this weekend’s avalanche forecast for Vail and Summit County – as of Thursday morning – shows “considerable” danger on north, east, south and southwest aspects near and above treeline, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at .

“Anticipate the danger rising as we near the weekend and slabs overload a weak snowpack,” according to CAIC.

Avalanche activity has been reported on east aspects near and above treeline.

“Using your ski pole to determine stability can be very misleading with our current snowpack and should not be the only test used in your quiver,” according to CAIC.

The website advises backcountry users to approach all slopes steeper than 30 degrees with “intense caution.”

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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