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Another round of snow for Vail, Beaver Creek

Aspen/Snowmass should do well

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenMarch 16, 2011
High winds can be expected late afternoon and overnight tonight as another round of active weather looms to our west. We see snow begin to fall early Thursday, March 17, as a fairly strong system moves in from the Pacific.

Plenty of moisture along with good dynamics make this a favorable storm for the northern mountains; however, we will have to wait and see if temps are cold enough to create a big dumping of snow.

On-mountain temps for Thursday will be in the low to mid 20's with gusty winds from the west in the 20-mph range. Snow will fall most of the day Thursday with another shot of good snowfall overnight into Friday, March 18.

On mountain temps will be the same for Aspen/Snowmass, with gusty west winds as well. Aspen/Snowmass will see a better shot of snow Thursday night as the associated cold front drops south.

With recent storms being over-hyped, I'm a bit reluctant to get too excited about this next storm. Many forecasters are calling for up to 16 inches by Friday morning, but I have to go against the computer models, instead relying on recent weather trends we've seen these past weeks.

I expect 4-6 inches for Vail/Beaver Creek by Friday morning, favoring the Beav'. Aspen/Snowmass could again see totals a bit higher (6-10), favoring Snowmass.

Clearing begins Friday afternoon, with another blast of winter Sunday, March 20. For the time being, lets hope this forecaster can be wrong the right way again.

Enjoy!


comments: 16 Comments on "Another round of snow for Vail, Beaver Creek"

Reid – March 17, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.

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Reid – March 17, 2011, at 9:27 p.m.

So far so good on the weather front as this cold air mass moved south at ohh the soo right time. Light snow falling in Edwards with nary a breeze. CDOT cams show snow falling in Vail and up on Vail Pass. If you can get to the mountains tomorrow I highly recommend it as this forecaster has for the 5th time this year been wrong the right way. At least 5 inches in Edwards as of 9:30 pm and radar shows no sign of the snow moving or letting up. Could be a 14+ day. Get some rest!!

David O. – March 18, 2011, at 5:37 a.m.

I was starting to lose faith yesterday, Reid, when we only got a few little blasts of rain and grapple throughout the day. Then it really started snowing in the evening, and I just woke up to a good 8 or 9 inches on my deck in West Vail and it's still snowing at 5:30. The official reports for both Vail and the Beav' are 9 inches new. Good show. March needed to redeem itself. Now Vail is just five inches from that magical 400 inch seasonal total.

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