Powder Predictor

Brief sunshine before another change

Weekend snow returns

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenJanuary 6, 2011
Happy New Year to everyone. An early surprise to 2011 as orographic snow surprised Vail/Beaver Creek early this week with additional light totals of snow. Sunny weather for the end of the week before northern flow brings a cold and fairly potent system to the northern mountains.

Expect mild temps Friday, Jan. 7, with on-mountain highs in the 20's with north/northwest winds in the 5-15 mph range. Saturday will see high clouds and winds increasing (15-25 mph). Temps will again be seasonal, same range as Friday.

Models show the next system carving south out of Wyoming. As of now areas like Steamboat, Winter Park, and Loveland are favored due to the northern flow. Any snow that falls Saturday night will likely hit Steamboat and move south.

Aspen/Snowmass will see the same temps and wind as the Vail/Beaver Creek areas for Friday and Saturday. Expect snowy weather in Aspen/Snowmass Sunday, Jan. 9, as Monday, Jan. 10, could be a great start to the week. Temps for Sunday will be colder with on mountain highs in the teens, with overnight lows in the single digits.

Vail/Beaver Creek will likely see snow by late Saturday, with Sunday expected to be a possible powder day. As of now I see 3-6 inches on the ground by Sunday morning at Vail/B.C. with snowfall continuing through the day. Temps will be the same in the Roaring Fork Valley with highs only in the teens. Winds will be brisk with gusts at mountain top in the 30 mph range.

With holiday crowds thinning, Vail and Beaver Creek are primed once again for a good dose of white gold. For now, lets all take a deep breath as one busy period is over, and another is on the horizon.



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Snow Report

  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
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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