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Weekend outlook promising for new snow at Vail, Aspen

Aspen/Snowmass favored once again

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenMarch 2, 2011
Clouds beginning to build today as southwest flow will bring in a bit of moisture overnight tonight. I don't see any big totals for Thursday, as energy is lacking. We may see a trace to two inches for Thursday.

The Great Northwest will see big snow the next 48 hours as a strong low moves across that region, taking with it the majority of moisture.

Colorado will see the second system move in from the west, aiming for the southwest part of the state once again. The jet stream is still directly above Colorado; however, this storm looks like it will weaken as it moves inland. Models show energy may strengthen near Taos, N.M., giving the eastern plains of Colorado a chance for some much-needed precipitation.

Highs for the next 48 hours in the mountains will drop a bit, with on-mountain highs in the low 20's at both Vail and Aspen and overnight lows dipping into the teens.

The brunt of the storm should arrive mid-day Friday, with 24-hour totals for Saturday in the 6-10 inch range for Aspen/Snowmass.

Vail/Beaver Creek may miss out on the big totals as flow is unfavorable. Beaver Creek should see totals in the 3-5 inch range for Saturday, with Vail hitting 4 even.

Winds will be steady from the west/southwest with 15-25 mph gusts at times. Gusts in the 30 mph range can be expected, moving some snow around exposed areas. Hopefully enough snow can fall to cover the spring layer that has formed with the past two days reaching into the 50's down in Eagle.

The Pennsylvanian rodent may be correct this year, with an already early freeze-thaw pattern beginning. Let's hope for at least two more big storms before the daisies bloom. We have a long April ahead.


comments: 5 Comments on "Weekend outlook promising for new snow at Vail, Aspen"

David O. – March 02, 2011, at 10:53 a.m.

Isn't the next storm on Sunday and Monday supposed to be much better?

SKYBLUETREES – March 03, 2011, at 8:33 a.m.


Reid – March 03, 2011, at 11:43 a.m.

Dave O. Yes Monday into Tuesday looks promising now, we'll see in 48 hours.

Trees. Depends. I suspect that you could see bright blue skies and 50 degree weather. Its too far out to tell, however, the last two seasons winter stuck around for some time during the spring. The good news is Colorado mountains resorts are hitting their yearly totals right now. And with an active first part to March, we could see snow on the ground until July.

Reid – March 03, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.


For those of you who live locally, yes, that was thunder you heard earlier this evening. We saw our first thunder snow of the spring season. Major convection with warm surface temps and a brief pressure system moving through. Expect totals in Vail/Beaver Creek for Friday in the 3-6 inch range with Aspen/Snowmass in the 5-10 inch range. Keep it posted as I will have another forecast up by tomorrow.

curdzabra – Oct. 24, 2022, at 9:33 a.m.

I can see a lot of useful information slope game in this article.

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