Winter returns to High Country |

Winter returns to High Country


After days of sunshine, balmy temperatures and increasingly icy slopes and walkways, winter is expected to make a triumphant return to Summit County Wednesday night into Thursday, bringing a possible total of 6 to 12 inches of new snow before the first wave is over.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight Thursday for Summit as National Weather Service forecasts call for 3 to 5 inches Thursday and a 60 percent chance of snow Thursday night.

“Our best snow is probably going to be with this first system at least through Monday,” said Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The weekend could bring additional accumulation with 2 to 4 inches possible Saturday night and into Sunday. There is a chance of snow both Friday and Saturday with temperatures expected to climb to 37 degrees by Sunday, according to weather service forecasts.

Temperatures are expected to remain fairly mild, with highs in the 30s through the rest of the week and lows in the teens and low 20s.

Summit County will likely see high winds Thursday, particularly at higher elevations with wind of 20 to 40 miles per hour anticipated in the forecast and gusts above treeline as high as 70 mph.

With an unseasonable high of 51 degrees at Breckenridge Wednesday, capping off nearly a week of warm weather and sunshine, the Summit County resorts haven’t seen new snow in days.

“We’re always excited to get fresh powder,” Copper Mountain spokesman David Roth said. “Especially after a week of bluebird sunny warm days.”

Highway conditions could be patchy Thursday and Thursday night due to blowing snow. There could be poor visibility, drifting snow and slick roads, according to the winter weather advisory.

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