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Sunny, cold Chirtmas Day expected in Vail Valley

Last push for week long storm

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenDecember 23, 2010
The last in an onslaught of Pacific storms will move through New Mexico today and this evening. Low clouds still persist around the Vail and Roaring Fork valleys as snowfall has been exceptional in the central and southern mountains of Colorado this past week.

And with the holiday season in full swing, cooler temps and sunshine will be on hand for the next 72 hours. Warm temps will go the way of the Dodo this evening as high pressure builds from the south, bringing colder Canadian air with it.

Friday, should see high level clouds and on mountain temps in the 20's. Overnight lows will reach the teens as west winds will be calm up until Sunday.

Christmas Day looks grand as sunny skies and seasonable temps. On-mountain highs in the low 20's and light winds will remain before clouds build Saturday night into Sunday.

Same forecast for the Aspen/Snowmass area; however, clouds will stick around much of the day Friday as clearing will be from north to south. Cloudy skies Sunday, as west winds will push this system toward Wyoming, keeping much of the action north of Vail/Beaver Creek. I don't see much snow if any for Colorado, although Steamboat may get a few inches.

We see our next big shot at snow just before the New Year as storms will once again form in the Gulf of Alaska, bringing colder air and better orographics for the northern mountains.

Overall a great holiday weekend in store for locals and guests alike. And speaking of the season, crowds will begin to get heavy at resort areas. Please be aware of your fellow snow riders, and drivers, for that matter, as winter will visit us again before we know it.

Have a happy holiday weekend. Be Safe.


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