Aspen Snowmass Daily Snow
By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 6, 2023
Mild and dry weather continues on Wednesday and Thursday. Our next round of snow arrives early Friday morning. Additional chances for light snow continue through the middle of next week.
Aspen Snowmass Conditions
Wednesday - Thursday
We'll continue to enjoy beautiful weather on Wednesday and Thursday. Look for temps to climb into the upper 30s to low 40s on Wednesday, followed by temps in the upper 20s to low 30s on Thursday.
High clouds streaming in during the second half of Thursday will be the signal for our next round of snow.
Thursday Night - Saturday
Our next round of snow will arrive by late Thursday night or very early Friday morning. This storm will tow in just enough moisture, energy, cold air, and a wind direction out of the northwest to provide us with modest snow totals through Friday night.
Expect snowfall rates to ramp up through Friday morning, peak on Friday afternoon, and wane through Friday night.
The image below is an internal, experimental snow quality forecast for Highlands through Friday. The blue bars are the 3-hour snowfall rates, while the black line is the snow quality, as indicated from the y-axis on the left side.
In total, I'm going to stay with 4-8 inches from late Thursday night through Friday night and be pleasantly surprised if we can squeeze out totals on the higher end.
For skiing, Friday will be full-on storm skiing with the turns getting softer throughout the day. There should still be leftover powder on Saturday morning from the snow that falls on Friday night at Ajax and Snowmass, while all of the powder will be available on Saturday for the opening of Highlands and Buttermilk.
Snow showers could then linger into Saturday as very chilly air streams into Colorado from the north and northwest. Mid-mountain highs will likely struggle to climb into the teens through midday Saturday.
Sunday & Beyond
Following the storm exiting on Saturday and a slight break during the second half of Saturday, we could see another round of snow showers by late Saturday night and into Sunday. Nothing to write home about but something to keep an eye on.
Following additional chances for light snow showers early next week, we could catch a break later next week and into the weekend of December 16-17. Looking further ahead, we'll be tracking our next chance for a stronger storm around December 18-20.
This is still in fantasy land territory but it fits the general trend that we've seen so far this season of a stronger storm every 7-10 days or so. Let's just hope that this really opens the storm door and we can receive additional rounds of heavy snow through the holidays.
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Along with automated weather forecasts for each town throughout the valley.
Thanks for reading! Next update on Thursday.
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