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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 6, 2023

Fluffy Storm Friday, Mixed Bag Next Week

Summary

Mild and dry weather continues on Wednesday and Thursday. Our next round of snow arrives early Friday morning. Plan for slower travel speeds from late Friday morning through Friday evening. Additional chances for light snow continue through the middle of next week.

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Wednesday - Thursday

Gorgeous weather will remain in place for 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 Vail 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.

You can see how the black line continues to rise from Friday morning through Friday afternoon. This indicates that this will be a right-side-up storm with the snow quality getting fluffier as the storm rolls through thanks to cooling temps and fairly light winds.

In total, I'm going to adjust the forecast to 3-6 inches from late Thursday night through Friday night. I'm setting lower expectations for this storm and hoping for the best.

For skiing, Friday will be full-on 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.

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.

Travel Forecast

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

Wet and icy road surfaces could return as early as late 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 accidents 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

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 along the mountain corridor.

Thanks for reading! Next update on Thursday.

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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