Colorado is about to get absolutely slammed and before the clouds break on Sunday, most ski areas in the central and northern parts of the state could see just short of 3 feet of new snow!
Aspen (*Snowmass in particular), is projected to see approximately 32″ on its higher elevations by Sunday morning. After a seriously depressing season last year, this is amazing news for Pitkin County locals.
“As one storm moves out, another moves in. The next round of snow arrives Friday afternoon over the mountains with a better chance of snow down into the valleys by Friday night. Winter Storm Warnings and Watches are in effect for much of western Colorado.” – NWS Grand Junction
Vail & Steamboat are second and third in line respectively in terms of snowfall totals with somewhere in the 2+ feet range atop Mt Werner and Blue Sky Basin. Crested Butte falls behind but should still see very decent accumulations (*10-18″ by Sunday).
Crested Butte Forecast:
Winter Storm Warning
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 6 AM MST SUNDAY…
* WHAT…Snow expected. Heavy snow possible over the weekend. For the Winter Weather Advisory that continues through noon Friday, total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. For the Winter Storm Warning Friday evening through early Sunday morning, total snow accumulations of 10 to 16 inches likely with locally higher amounts possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.
* WHERE…Park and Flat Top mountains including Rabbit Ears Pass. Elk, Sawatch and Gore mountains including Vail Pass. Grand and Battlement Mesas including Highway 65 and Skyway.
* WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, continuing through noon MST Friday. For the Winter Storm Warning, from noon Friday through late Saturday night.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be difficult. Blowing snow may reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact holiday travel over higher elevation highways and mountain passes.