New snow forecast for weekend in Summit County |

New snow forecast for weekend in Summit County

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

The next big dose of powder could descend on Summit County as early as tonight, according to weather forecasts.

Up to 8 inches of new snow might be on the way through the weekend as a jet stream with a high likelihood of precipitation moves down across northwestern Colorado.

The National Weather Service is reporting a 40 percent chance that the first flakes will begin today with a high near 37 degrees, but it’s likely the heavy snow fall will not start until tonight. Overnight forecasts show an 80 percent chance of snow with temperatures expected to drop to about 16 degrees. Forecasters say Summit County will see between 4 and 8 inches of snow accumulation as the system continues through Saturday. Isolated areas in the higher elevations could get as much as a foot of new snow.

“We’re going to have a north to northwest flow over Colorado and with the jetstream right over the mountain areas it’s going to help enhance the snowfall up there,” said Jim Kalina, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “There’s going to be plenty of moisture.”

Saturday has an 80 percent chance of precipitation with snow likely through the night. High temperatures are expected to climb to about 27 degrees, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

The Interstate 70 corridor will likely see at least a few inches of snow that could mean snow-packed road conditions, Kalina said. The snowfall will be heaviest tonight into Saturday morning. Most of the snow will hit north of the highway.

The new snowfall will add to the 17 inches received at Breckenridge this week. Arapahoe Basin has seen 9 inches so far this week while Copper Mountain is boasting 13 inches of new powder. Keystone has received 6 inches of new snow this week.

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