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Up to 2 feet of snow could fall in Summit mountains by Saturday

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The first rain of 2010 could fall here tonight as a winter storm bringing up to 2 feet of snow to the mountains approaches.

“Maybe it won’t rain for very long, but the beginning is kind of tricky on what it takes for precipitation to change over to snow,” said Todd Dankers, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. “We’re starting out warm enough.”

The storm is expected to begin by about 9 p.m. Thursday, and temperatures are to drop to about 2 Fahrenheit, according to the NWS at http://www.noaa.gov.

Dankers said the storm will bring “cold air and a pretty good pressure surge” in a “12- to 18-hour shot” before promptly clearing out by Saturday morning.

“The whole storm itself is going to move through pretty quickly. It’s not going to stall or hang around,” he said.

Northern facing sides of mountains at ski areas could receive as much as 18 to 24 inches in that time. The system is coming from the northwest with a south to southeast trajectory – and while there will be some upslope conditions (not conducive to mountain snow), Dankers said there are “enough dynamics for fair snow amounts in the mountains.”

Temperatures are to be back to the low 40s by Sunday, but another system could be moving through by the middle of next week, he said.

The NWS Climate Predication Center calls for below average precipitation over the next six to 14 days. But the next month could bring slightly above average precipitation, according to http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov.

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