Storm favors Summit this time |

Storm favors Summit this time

Alex Miller
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A wind-driven snowstorm that blew through the mountains Wednesday night left Summit County with a decent amount of accumulation – up to 8 inches in places. Light snow continued to fall early Thursday morning as temperatures in Frisco plunged to just above 0 from the high 20s Wednesday. The morning then turned into a beautiful, bluebird day, with skiers reporting very nice conditions at Summit County ski areas.

The forecast from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is for clearing skies today and through Saturday with continued low temperatures through Friday, though warming up for the weekend.

The Avalanche Information Center warns that avalanche danger for the Vail-Summit County zone is still “considerable” on north, northeast, east, southeast and south aspects near and above treeline; and on north, northeast and east aspects below treeline on slopes steeper than 34 degrees. The report goes on to say that “Weak basal snow, variable slabs, and recent windloading mean that human triggered avalanches are probable. Stability evaluation is challenging. On other aspects the danger is MODERATE, and human triggered avalanches are possible on steeper slopes.”

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