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Powderchaser: Storm Slamming the Rockies This Weekend

Powderchaser: Storm Slamming the Rockies This Weekend

[ March 18, 2010 - 12:17pm ]
Eben Mond at Loveland, Colorado
Don't be fooled by the warm weather: A big storm is heading toward Colorado, where it'll slam four to nine inches of snow into the Front Range. Our snow forecaster is predicting powder days at Winter Park, Loveland, Vail, Steamboat, and Aspen.

A fast moving cold front still on track to sweep through the Rockies late on Thursday and last well into Friday night especially over areas near the Continental Divide in Colorado. The front is a bit east of the Wasatch so accumulations there will only be in the 4-9 inch range by Friday. The Tetons will also see light snow on Thursday evening and Friday. The brunt of the storm is going to slam the Front Range of Colorado on Friday night and early on Saturday when the winds shift to the Northeast (Saturday might be deep at Winter Park, Eldora, or perhaps Loveland). The real wildcard will be a good chance of decent accumulations over Steamboat and perhaps Vail on Friday morning since the early part of this clipper has winds from the Northwest.

Once the winds shift late Friday morning to the north Winter Park should get hammered. This will mean perhaps 6-10 inches at Steamboat, Vail (slightly less) and depending on the track perhaps some light to moderate amounts in the Aspen Valley. My sure bet will be the Front Range, however I am confident of some moderate snow elsewhere in Summit County (A Basin, Keystone). My chase might take me to Steamboat, Winter Park, or perhaps Vail on Friday and keep me closer to Denver on Saturday (Eldora, Loveland, A Basin, Winter Park).  The snow will be light due to very cold temps so expect deep dust on crust from the warm temperatures in the past three days.

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