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Winter weather stalls spring; snow piling up

Vail, Aspen in for another action-packed week

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenMarch 27, 2011
Light snow totals have littered the northern and central mountains this morning. Vail and Beaver Creek reported 1 and 2 inches over the past 24 hours and Aspen and Snowmass both reported 4 inches.

We see another low pressure system move through the northern and central mountains today, lasting well into Monday, March 28.

Temps will remain moderate for the next 48 hours, with on-mountain highs in the mid to upper 20's and overnight lows dipping into the teens. Winds will increase tonight as the low passes through. Expect gusts in the 30-mph range, with sustained winds in the 15-mph range.

Snow totals overnight Sunday look promising as a northwest jet stream will increase chances of orographic lift. Look for Monday morning totals in the 4-8 inch range for Vail/Beaver Creek, with Aspen/Snowmass in the 5-10 inch range (favoring Snowmass). On and off snow showers will persist through much of the day Monday, filling in tracks throughout the day.

The week ahead looks wintry as well, as more storms are lined up in the Gulf of Alaska. Models show an active beginning to April, with a whopper of a storm slated for April 3-5. Until then, we'll keep watch for any pranks or surprises.


comments: 1 Comment on "Winter weather stalls spring; snow piling up"

Reid – March 27, 2011, at 7:53 p.m.


Radar showing active weather to our west. The first time this season that 'yours truly' is hoping something falls out of the sky tonight, satellite or snow. Still see at least 4" on the ground for Monday morning. Aspen/Snowmass again favored. Visit www.noaa.com for more info.


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