Storm sees upgrade to winter weather advisory; 6-12 inches of snow expected, National Weather Service says

Summit County could see up to a foot of powder before Sunday morning rolls around, according to National Weather Service reports.

The storm rolling through Colorado this weekend has intensified, Meteorologists say, and Summit County is now under a winter weather advisory until 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

The predicted 6-12 inches of snow will be accompanied by winds as high as 60 miles per hour, according to the advisory.

Dan Cuevas, a forecaster in the NWS Grand Junction office said a strong low pressure system will allow a strong, potentially wet, cold front to blow through the Rockies. Temperatures will drop into the 20s and 30s for most of the weekend, with some higher elevation areas dipping into the teens.

With snow showers in the forecast for Friday evening, early Saturday and then again in the evening, founding meterologist of Joel Gratz thinks there should be fresh tracks to be enjoyed on both Saturday and Sunday, and maybe even Monday.

“The last run on Saturday afternoon and more likely the first run on Sunday morning should be when we’ll enjoy the softest snow from this storm,” Gratz wrote on his blog. currently predicts eight inches of snow on Saturday, three on Sunday and then another two early Monday. “It’ll be something to watch to see if we can eke out additional soft turns on Monday morning,” Gratz wrote.

Sean Naylor of Vail Daily contributed to this report.

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