Powder Predictor

Guess what? Still more snow on the way for Vail, Beaver Creek this week

Southern mountains finally get a break

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenDecember 14, 2010
Another shot of snow arrives Wednesday, with Pacific moisture stretching from Hawaii to Utah under strong low pressure. Mild temps for the past 48 hours will recede slightly as our next system moves into the interior West.

Expect snowfall at the highest elevations Wednesday morning as a cold front moves across Colorado during the day, giving resort areas in the northern and central mountains a good dosing of snow.

Thursday looks to be the powder day of the week. Any snow that falls on Wednesday will be light (1-2 inches) and more along the lines of graupel. Expect 5-10 inches on the Thursday morning report for Vail/Beaver Creek, with snow intensifying Wednesday night.

And if timing is right, Aspen/Snowmass could see as much as 8-14 inches by the Thursday morning report. Again, temps for Wednesday look mild as the cold front slowly moves across our area.

Expect on-mountain highs in the 20's and 30's with overnight lows in the teens as the front passes. Winds will be from the west shifting to the northwest as energy moves to our south. Thursday will be colder with temps in the low 20's and gusty winds from the west and northwest.

Finally, our friends in the southwest part of the state will have a good shot of big snow if temperatures can stay cold. A strong jet stream and ample moisture has the makings for your typical San Juan storm. Cold air is all that may be missing.

It's been a balmy start to the southern Rockies ski season, but winter has not even started. One week until the big day, and a lunar eclipse too boot. For now, we'll welcome another powder day.


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A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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