Summit County could see snow this week |

Summit County could see snow this week

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News
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Days before the official start of fall, Summit County could see winter-like weather, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

This week will may bring more rain, thunderstorms and dipping temperatures, and weather forecasters would not rule out the possibility of snow in Breckenridge and at some of the higher elevations.

“(Snow is possible) over the higher peaks,” National Weather Service program manager Byron Louis said. “But I think there’s a very small chance you’ll see some in that area. This is pretty seasonal.”

Wednesday the county is expected to see partly cloudy skies and highs between 54 and 62 degrees. There is a chance of showers with thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Wednesday and Thursday night appear to be the best chances for snow in Summit County. There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation Wednesday night and a possible low of about 35 degrees.

Thursday could bring more rain and thunderstorms after noon, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 55. Overnight lows will likely drop into the 30s, but there is only a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

Forecasts suggest the county will begin to dry out in time for the weekend, Louis said, with Friday’s high temps set to reach 60 degrees.

Both Friday and Saturday are expected to see mostly sunny skies and only a slight chance of thunderstorms. High temperatures in the high-50s to 60 degrees could last through the weekend, according to forecasts.

Mountains around Arapahoe Basin as well as neighboring Fourteeners, Grays and Torreys peaks got the first dusting of snow of the season earlier this month.

Though Summit’s bigger ski resorts are not set to open for a couple months, Arapahoe Basin officials say they’re shooting to start the season around mid-October. They will begin snowmaking operations as soon as the ski area begins seeing consistent cold temperatures.

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