Spring skiing returns: Temperatures should climb this weekend | SummitDaily.com

Spring skiing returns: Temperatures should climb this weekend

With spring on the way, Summit County is expected to see some of the warmest temperatures of the year so far, with highs in the high 40s and low to mid-50s throughout the weekend, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

The warm spell kicked off Thursday with blue skies, sunshine and highs in the low 50s in Summit County, and the balmy weather is expected to keep up through the weekend.

Forecasts say Friday could be partly sunny with highs near 47 degrees, though there is a chance for a dusting of snow and wind overnight Friday.

Saturday is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week with highs expected to approach 55 and partly sunny skies, according to weather service forecasts. There is a 10 percent chance of snow after 11 a.m. Saturday, and winds between 6 and 17 miles per hour with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour are expected.

Temperatures Sunday could dip a bit, with a possible high of about 47 and a slight chance of snow, but forecasters say Monday could be another bluebird day with a high of about 50.

Overnight lows will hover in the mid-teens or low 20s throughout the weekend.

As of Thursday, all four of Summit’s ski areas were reporting powder and packed-powder conditions as well as some new snow over the past several days.

Breckenridge Ski Resort saw 22 inches of new snow over the past week and Copper had 6 fresh inches in the last few days, according to reports Thursday.

As of Thursday, Keystone reported 13 inches of new snow in the last week and Arapahoe Basin had 4 inches in three days.

Conditions in the backcountry remain somewhat risky this week, particularly at higher elevations. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported “moderate” avalanche danger Thursday with pockets of “considerable” danger on east and southern aspects at and above treeline. Backcountry forecasters warned Thursday that slides could trigger easily.

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