Things in Colorado are starting to calm down after intense snowfall caused a number of disruptions around ski country, including the closure of lifts and traffic jams. While most roads have been clear throughout Saturday, this might not be the case for long.
Following the heavy snowfall of more than 20 inches in some spots will be another wave of snow, capable of dropping an additional 20 inches of powder between late-Saturday/Sunday and Monday, according to a University of Utah model featured on OpenSnow.com. According to Joel Gratz, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin could be hit the hardest. See his full report with some resort-specific forecasts here.
At time of publishing [10:36 AM; 2/8/20], the National Weather Service had not issued a winter weather warning in Colorado during this period. This is subject to change as the storm approaches. An avalanche warning was currently active for parts of the state, set to expire on Sunday morning. This is subject to extend.
Snow is predicted to start falling late on Saturday night in much of Colorado’s northern and central mountains. According to Weather.com, Breckenridge will likely see snow around 8 PM. Steamboat will likely see snow a bit earlier – around 4 PM. Vail and Winter Park should start seeing snow around 7 PM.
If you’ll be traveling in the mountains during this time, proceed with caution and be aware of the local forecast. Expect to encounter closures and delays if the weather gets bad. Pack your trunk with safety items to use in the case of an accident or stranding.
Editor’s Note: All weather statements and snow accumulations are subject to change. Check the official Colorado Department of Transportation website for up-to-date information on road conditions and the National Weather Service for updates on incoming storms. For your mountain forecast, we recommend visiting OpenSnow. For daily avalanche conditions, always check with avalanche.state.co.us before heading into the backcountry.
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