Summit County may see a little snow this weekend | SummitDaily.com

Summit County may see a little snow this weekend

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – A bit of snowfall is predicted in Summit County between Saturday night and Sunday night, and folks can expect “a couple inches at best,” said Frank Benton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

In a winter when most of the heavy storms have occurred farther to the south, Benton said the local peaks will “get the most” in Colorado this weekend.

There’s a 20 percent chance of snow Saturday night and a 40 percent chance on Sunday. Temperatures are to range from a high of 43 Fahrenheit on Saturday to a low of 15 F on Sunday night.

Next week is forecast for a 20 percent chance of snow Monday that will decrease as clouds leave and sunshine brings temperatures up to 49 F by Wednesday. There’s a slight chance of snow Thursday, according to the NWS website at http://www.noaa.gov.

The local backcountry avalanche forecast on Friday listed avalanche danger as “considerable,” especially on north, east and south aspects, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at http://avalanche.state.co.us.

“The snowpack is complex and is full of weak layers. Avalanches have been more difficult to trigger but when they run, they have been growing into large-sized avalanches,” according to CAIC.

A snowboarder was killed in an avalanche near Arapahoe Basin Wednesday.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.