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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 4 months ago December 5, 2023

Snow Returns Friday

Summary

Mild and dry Tuesday through Thursday. Snow returns late Thursday night, with the heart of the storm moving through on Friday. Additional chances for snow late in the weekend and into early next week. Dry again during the second half of next week.

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Tuesday - Thursday

Beautiful weather will be the story on Tuesday, Wednesday, and into Thursday.

Temps will climb into the 30s on Tuesday and maybe even into the low 40s on Wednesday under sunny skies, followed by slightly cooler temps on Thursday as our next round of snow begins to make its presence felt.

Thursday Night - Friday

Our full attention is now on late Thursday night through Friday as a quick-moving storm slides through Colorado. The exact track of the storm is still being worked out but the ingredients are there for a decent snow event to kick off the weekend.

The model image below shows the total precipitation forecast for Vail Pass. It's roughly 0.5 inches of liquid through Friday night, which translates to about 8-10 inches of snowfall depending on the snow-to-liquid ratio (0.6 x 13-16 = 8-10 inches).

In total, I'm going to hold steady 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 and snow quality, Friday will be storm skiing with the turns getting softer throughout the day and then there should still be leftover powder on Saturday morning from the snow that falls on Friday night. The snow should also get fluffier throughout the storm thanks to cooling temps and fairly light winds.

Saturday - Sunday

The weekend will then be a mixed bag under mostly cloudy skies, cold temperatures, and maybe a few lingering snow showers early Saturday and again on Sunday. As of now, highs will only climb into the low teens on Saturday and maybe into the upper teens on Sunday.

Travel Forecast

Clear and dry road surfaces will remain in place through Thursday.

Wet and icy road surfaces could return as early as Thursday night, followed by icy and snow-packed road surfaces from Friday morning through Saturday morning. Expect slower travel speeds and possible delays due to weather from midday Friday through Friday evening.

Wet, icy, and a few snowy road surfaces will likely linger through Saturday and into Sunday, though this should not have a major impact on travel along the mountain corridor through Sunday night.

Extended Forecast

Next Week & Beyond

It's still a little foggy as to what will happen early next week as we could see snow showers hang around but I'm thinking mostly dry weather will prevail. Our temps should stay on the colder side with highs only climbing into the teens to low 20s.

We'll then likely see dry weather and milder temperatures during the second half of next week and possibly into the weekend of December 16-17. The longer-range models are then trying to introduce another storm sometime around December 18-20 so we'll see how that develops as we get closer.

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Thanks for reading! Next update on Wednesday.

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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