Sunlight tops in snowfall
December 20, 2008
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs was tops in freshies Saturday morning.
The ski area reported 7 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, besting Powderhorn and Beaver Creek, which both picked up 6 inches in that span.
Aspen Mountain claimed 5 inches of new snow, Snowmass and Buttermilk picked up 2 inches and Aspen Highlands reported 1 inch. The fresh snowfall keeps the streak alive ” the Aspen/Snowmass ski areas have reported new snow every morning since Sunday, Dec. 14.
Elsewhere around Colorado, Steamboat picked up 5 inches, and Vail, Winter Park and Crested Butte all reported 4 inches. Other resorts were reporting 2 or 3 inches, but the southwest was shut out of the latest snowfall. Telluride and Silverton both reported no new snow. Durango picked up an inch.
Aspen skiers can look for more new snow on the slopes again on Sunday, judging from the forecast. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until midnight Saturday and the National Weather Service is calling for snow throughout the day, along with winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 40 mph. Blowing and drifting snow and potential whiteout conditions are possible, the agency warned.
The weather service’s Saturday morning forecast called for 2 to 4 inches of new snow on Saturday, with highs of 5 to 15 and wind-chill readings of 7 to 17 below.
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Another 1 to 3 inches of snow is likely Saturday night, with lows of 5 to 15 below and wind-chill readings of 8 to 18 below, according to the weather service.
Sunday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of snow, highs of 15 to 25 and wind-chill readings of zero to 10 below in the morning.
Monday brings more snow; accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are expected, along with highs of 15 to 25 and wind-chill readings of 11 to 21 below in the morning.