More snow expected for Summit County
SUMMIT DAILY NEWS
Continuous snow is to fall from the Summit County skies through Tuesday night, the National Weather Service says.
It’s a continuation of the “unsettled northwesterly flow” that hit the area last Wednesday, meteorologist-on-duty Kyle Fredin said. He works in the weather service’s forecasting office in Boulder.
Weekend skiers and riders have been able to enjoy current storm totals of anywhere from 11 to 17 inches falling at local Summit County ski areas – with the bulk of it falling Friday and Saturday. Outlying ski ares have received up to 25 inches of snow.
Arapahoe Basin reported 11 inches of snow on Sunday and 17 inches in three days. To date, the Basin has received 208 inches of snow.
“Skiing doesn’t get any better than this,” said Alan Henceroth, the Basin’s chief operating officer.
There was a slight break in weather Sunday before another phase of the storm system began to move in Sunday afternoon. The lull should continue through this morning before heavier snowfall begins this afternoon, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecast said.
The new phase should bring cooler temperatures from the north. When combined with an atmospheric trough, it “means snowfall intensity will pick up again Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning, starting in the northern mountains and spreading south,” the center predicts.
Weather service forecasts show 3 to 6 inches of snow falling today, tonight and Tuesday, with weather tapering off Tuesday night – 1 to 6 inches are expected to fall after Tuesday afternoon.
“You may have 1 to 2 feet through the next period of instability,” Fredin said.
Winds could gust to 40 miles per hour in exposed areas, Fredin said, but the valley floors should be relatively calm.
Snow is expected to begin in Denver this evening, as the flow pushes further east.
Weather should clear on Wednesday, with “another hit of Arctic air” moving in – though, it shouldn’t be as cold as last week, Fredin said. Particularly if clouds stick around instead of clearing to blue skies.
“You’re going to be cold,” he said, “it’s just a question of -30 (degrees) or minus teens.”
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