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Big spring storm moving into Vail early in the week

Vail and Aspen expecting big totals

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenMarch 5, 2011
Light totals this morning as the previous low pressure system and cold front moved through Colorado Thursday evening (instead of Friday morning), bringing our first bout of convection and thunder snow.

Totals were higher than expected Friday and rumor has it that the skiing was great. Vail reported 5 inches and the Beav' reported six.

Hard to tell with temps in the 40's down in the valley's, but on top of the mountains temps have stayed in the 20's, keeping any new snow cold and soft.

Our outlook for the weekend looks nice as we see clear skies today (Saturday, March 5), with another more powerful system moving into the area beginning Sunday night.

Temps for the weekend should remain mild, with on-mountain highs in the 20's and overnight lows in the high teens and low 20's. Winds will increase from the west, as energy moves in pieces.

Expect winds in the 10-15 mph range for much of the weekend, with gusts as high as 30 mph over the ridge tops. Clouds will litter the sky much of the weekend, but the sun will peek through occasionally.

Monday, March 7, we should see light totals at both Vail/Beaver Creek and Aspen/Snowmass. Look for morning reports in the 2-4 inch range for both areas. Snowfall will increase during the day Monday, as the first in a series of storms moves west to east.

Monday night looks like the best shot of accumulation, as most resort areas in Colorado can expect anywhere from 6 to 16 inches of snowfall. I expect both Aspen/Snowmass and Vail/Beaver Creek to be on the high end of these totals.

Snowfall is expected to continue Tuesday, March 8, with skies clearing by Wednesday. We will keep watch for the next 24 hours as things will most certainly change.

For now, get those excuses ready for Tuesday, as we are in for our first springtime powder day.


comments: 2 Comments on "Big spring storm moving into Vail early in the week"

David O. – March 05, 2011, at 4:31 p.m.

It must have been good on Friday based on what was left over on Saturday. Nice, soft freshies in Bolshoi Ballroom and other spots. Are we supposed to get much tonight? I'm on the list to do First Tracks Sunday morning and would love a little more soft stuff underfoot. Also, will most of next week's big storm fall during the day Tuesday or overnight Monday night?

Reid – March 05, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

Dave O----I don't see much in the way of moisture tonight. Lots of wind though, so leeward sides could be good. As for Monday and Tuesday, right now models show things starting up Monday morning and lasting all through Tuesday, things might change, but consistent snow fall for almost 48 hours is expected. Temps will be warm along with this storm also, giving us a good chance at some wet boding snow before colder air Monday night moves in. I think the snow on Tuesday morning should be light and fluffy. We'll see.

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