Storm door starting to open with new Summit County snows | SummitDaily.com

Storm door starting to open with new Summit County snows

BOB BERWYN
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Winter weather conditions returned to Summit County Sunday night after a short January thaw. By Monday morning, some mountain locations around the state had picked up as much as 18 inches of snow (Silverton Mountain) and forecasters with the National Weather Service were calling for a continued chance of precipitation through the end of the week.

Snow totals as of early Feb. 12 included seven inches at Crested Butte, eight inches at Durango Mountain Resort, nine inches at Wolf Creek and 12 inches at Telluride. Locally, Vail and Beaver Creek reported four inches, Breckenridge and A-Basin two inches, and Keystone, one inch.

Forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the next batch of moisture is due Tuesday on a southwest flow that will initially favor the San Juans. But a northwest flow with moisture will return Wednesday, favoring the northern and central mountains with periods of snow through the rest of the week.

The avalanche danger in the Summit County and Vail zones is rated as moderate, with the potential for triggered releases. The avalanche forecast suggests that most slides would likely involve only the recent new snow layers, which aren’t bonding well with the old windslab and sun crust surfaces. But with pockets of weaker snow buried, there is the potential some slides to “step down” into weaker layers, resulting in a larger, more dangerous avalanche.

The most sensitive locations are steep, wind-loaded slopes at or above treeline, on north to northeast to east aspects.

Call (970) 331-5996 or visit http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for updated forecasts and avalanche bulletins.

Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at bberwyn@summitdaily.com.

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