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The first major winter storm of the season to hit Colorado is upon us with snow forecast to begin Wednesday night and continue Thursday according to the NOAA.
Overall, expecting a trace to 2 inches over the eastern plains, 1 to 3 inches along the urban corridor, 3 to 7 inches over the foothills and high valleys, and 5 to 10 inches over the high mountains.
Up to 10″ of fresh snow will accumulate on the northern mountains, and decreasing as it heads south. Denver will see up to 5″, its first snow of the new winter season. Frigid temperatures are expected, with a low of 17ºF expected in Denver, setting a new record, smashing the previous low for that day of 22º in 1946.
…THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL EXPECTED TONIGHT AND THURSDAY
MORNING OVER THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL COLORADO…
A strong cold front will move through the area this evening
through Thursday morning. After a warm and windy day, the weather
will quickly transition to the winter-like conditions tonight.
The cold front will bring much colder air and snowfall to much of
northern and central Colorado. From 2-6 inches of snow should
accumulate in portions of the northern and central mountains of
Colorado. The snowfall will impact all roads through the northern
and central Colorado mountains.
* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches
with locally higher amounts possible at higher elevations.
Snowfall will begin early this evening with significant
accumulation mainly after midnight through Thursday morning.
Ikon Pass resorts in Colorado are set to receive a few inches, setting them up nicely for the upcoming winter season and hopefully allowing snowmaking to continue as we march on towards opening day.
- Steamboat Resort – 8″
- Winter Park Resort – 8″
- Arapahoe Basin – 8″
- Eldora Mountain – 8″
- Copper Mountain – 7″
- Aspen Snowmass – 4″
Louis Skowyra, director of lifts and slopes maintenance at A-Basin, said the snowstorm will help by bringing cold temperatures to keep snow guns blowing and existing snow from melting as well as natural snow to build the base, reports Summit Daily. They are very close to announcing an opening day.
“We want to get open as soon as possible, of course. We pride ourselves on getting our guests the longest ski season we can,” Skowyra said.