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Snowy Start to the New Year for Vail; Aspen

Cold temperatures expected for last days of 2010

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenDecember 27, 2010
Winter weather has graced us again as unexpected light snow drifted south out of Wyoming and left the northern mountains of Colorado with light totals for Monday, December 27.

Vail and Beaver Creek are both reporting 4 inches of new snow this morning with Aspen/Snowmass reporting 2 inches. A nice late present as I forecasted this storm to stay well north of Vail/Beaver Creek leaving us under cloudy skies.

Once again I was wrong the right way, as we will take any precipitation in the northern mountains after a week long series of storms pummeled the central and southern mountains (Monarch, Crested Butte, Silverton) with nearly 5 feet of snow, while northern resorts recorded modest totals (2 feet total at Vail/Aspen).

Not to worry, as another strong and cold system will work its way inland affecting all resort areas in Colorado starting Wednesday, December 29.

For the time being we will see brief high pressure build from the west, bringing cold air and sunny skies for Monday and Tuesday. On mountain highs for Monday and Tuesday will be seasonal with highs in the low 20's and overnight lows near single digits. Winds will be light and variable until late Tuesday as west/southwest winds will increase during the day Tuesday along with high clouds as the next storm arrives.

A large trough will begin to carve south out of Oregon with plenty of moisture and good dynamics. The majority of the energy will hit the southern mountains with residual moisture and wind affecting the central and northern mountains after the brunt of the storm passes. Orographics look good as west/southwest flow will shift to the ever popular northwest flow for Thursday and Friday (Dec. 30-31).

We see increased winds Wednesday December, 29 with cloudy and colder air. Expect snow showers to begin mid-morning Wednesday and continue through Thursday and into Friday. As of now expect to see nearly a foot of snow when all is said and done, with Thursday (4-8 inches) as the best day for big snow. Temps will be cold with on mountain highs in the teens and west/northwest winds in the 15-25 mph range with gusts in the 35 mph range.

Windchill values will be COLD on Thursday and Friday so dress accordingly and don't be afraid to take frequent stops to warm up. We will keep watch as to where this storm tracks, but as of now, it looks like it should be a very happy New Year for those who enjoy snow sports.



comments: 1 Comment on "Snowy Start to the New Year for Vail; Aspen"

Reid – Dec. 28, 2010, at 8:42 a.m.


Good news on the weather front (that's weather humor), models are showing that northwest flow will bring in good amounts of moisture and wind that should bolster snow totals in the northern mountains New Years Eve day. Meaning we could be in for a very white New Year. Keep it here at Realvail.com as I will post another blog before this storm arrives.

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