Weekend snow in the forecast | SummitDaily.com

Weekend snow in the forecast

Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” A major winter storm is forecast to blow into western Colorado beginning Thursday night. Two to three feet of snow is expected in some favored mountain areas by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

A winter storm watch is in effect through the period, with widespread snow expected. The forecast area will be pummeled by snow in a prolonged precipitation event, the weather service said in its latest bulletin. Heavy and prolonged snow is possible near the Continental Divide Thursday night through Friday night.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is also calling for significant snow across all of Colorado’s mountains, with the potential for increased avalanche danger over the weekend.

The avalanche danger is already rated as “considerable” in the Vail and Summit County zone, with the potential for triggered and natural releases on northwest through southeast aspects. Human-triggered avalanches are probable on steeper, wind-loaded slopes above tree line, especially in areas where slabs are sitting atop rotten base layers.

With a westerly flow, temperatures won’t be particularly cold, so the weather service is predicting the snow level will be at about 9,000 feet initially, dropping to 8,000 feet Thursday night.

The medium-term forecast includes a continued chance of snow through early next week.

Check in with the avalanche center for updated forecasts and avalanche bulletins at http://avalanche.state.co.us/ or by calling (970) 668-0600.

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