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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 26, 2024

Storm Skiing Tuesday, Fantastic Turns Wednesday AM

Summary

Snow showers and gusty winds on Monday, followed by increasing snowfall rates through Monday night. Intense snowfall and a blast of much colder air on Tuesday. Dry Wednesday through Saturday. More snow Sunday into Monday and again later next week.

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Monday

We'll receive a mixed day on Monday as we await the arrival of the well-advertised storm that is set to arrive on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Expect off-and-on snow showers, gusty winds, and temps climbing into the 20s.

Monday Night - Tuesday

Snowfall will ramp up through Monday night as a healthy surge of moisture and west-southwest winds flow into Colorado. Our Forecast Radar (Maps > Forecast US Radar) does a great job showing the timing of the storm from Monday morning through Tuesday evening...

Snowfall quickly ramps up Monday and peaks around midday Tuesday, before fading off through Tuesday evening. Expect increasing snowfall rates and somewhere in the zone of 2-4 inches for Tuesday's report.

We'll then be tracking a powerful cold front that will dive into Colorado from the northwest on Tuesday morning. This will likely move from north to south down the Roaring Fork Valley sometime between 10 am and 1 pm. You'll know when it arrives as snowfall rates will increase to 1-2 inches per hour, along with rapidly dropping temps and very low to zero visibility.

The only thing that caught my attention this morning was the latest models decreasing our snow potential through Tuesday evening. Nothing has drastically changed with the overall ingredients for the storm but it always gives me a weird feeling in my stomach when this happens ahead of a big storm.

Here's Sunday's multi-model snow forecast...

And Monday's multi-model snow forecast...

It's not what we want to see from a multi-model forecast 24 hours before the heart of the storm arrives but I still have good confidence that we'll receive a healthy event through Tuesday.

In total, look for 8-16 inches through Tuesday night.

From a skiing perspective, it will be full-on storm skiing conditions on Tuesday. The snow quality will be dense to start the storm from Monday through midday Tuesday due to the warmer temps and gusty winds but much colder air and lighter winds on Tuesday afternoon and into Tuesday evening should provide us with some nice fluffy snow as the storm departs.

Target last chair Tuesday and first chair Wednesday for the best turns.

Wednesday - Saturday

Sub-zero temps and clear skies will follow on Wednesday morning ahead of sunny skies and temps quickly climbing back into the 20s on Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday will be a downright gorgeous day that will offer great turns from the snow that wasn't skied on Tuesday and that falls on Tuesday evening.

Mild and dry weather will then follow on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Expect mostly sunny skies and mid-mountain temps climbing into the low 30s each day.

Early Next Week & Beyond

Following the dry weather through Saturday, we'll focus on another good-looking storm that will arrive on Sunday, March 3, and continue into Monday, March 4. This should provide us with a nice refresh and soft turns for last chair Sunday and first chair Monday.

We could then receive mostly dry weather during the middle of next week ahead of another chance for snow around Thursday, March 7, and yet again during the week of March 11.

Tap the links below to view automated snow forecasts for the ski resorts.

Along with automated weather forecasts for each town throughout the valley.

Thanks for reading! Next update on Tuesday.

Sam Collentine

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Sam Collentine

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Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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