Denver, Colo. Sept. 18, 2002 (CSCUSA Release)--As weather reports promised, more snow covered the high country of Colorado this morning. Many mountain residents woke up to snow in town as well as covering the slopes of their local ski resort. Snow could be seen at Copper, Winter Park, Ski Copper, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Telluride, Aspen and Snowmass.
Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Telluride received anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow, from measurements taken by operations staff on the mountain this morning. Driving on I-70 east towards Avon and Vail, Game Greek Bowl looks completely white as does the entire top half of Beaver Creek Mountain. Snow continued to fall at Aspen/Snowmass, with another nine inches falling last night. Over the past 48 hours, a foot of snow has blanketed the slopes and covered the streets of Aspen and Snowmass Village.
According to NOAA, after months of developing in the tropical Pacific Ocean, El Niño is poised to influence fall and winter weather across the United States, NOAA's top climate experts said today. The El Niño influence will be weaker than the very strong 1997-98 version, but will still impact temperature and precipitation patterns.
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