Light fluff blankets Colorado; ski area snow totals vary
December 31, 2009
ASPEN – Beaver Creek was the big winner with the latest snow to blanket Colorado, reporting 13 inches Thursday morning. Aspen Mountain, by comparison, reported 4 inches over the past 24 hours in its Thursday morning report.
Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk all reported 3 inches; both Aspen Mountain and Highlands reported 5 inches over the past 48 hours.
Cold temperatures meant delightfully fluffy powder on the ski slopes, but snowfall totals varied dramatically around the state.
Vail reported 7 inches Thursday morning for the past 24 hours and 12 inches over the past 48 hours, while Keystone had 2 and 3 inches respectively. Arapahoe Basin reported 2 inches over the past 24 hours, and Breckenridge had 3 inches.
Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs picked up 5.5 inches, according to its Thursday morning report, and Powderhorn in far western Colorado reported 8 inches over the past 24 hours and 19 inches over the past 48 hours. Winter Park on the Front Range had 11 and 16.5 inches, respectively; and Telluride in the southwest picked up 9 inches over the past 24 hours and 17 inches over the past 48 hours. Monarch Mountain, also in the southwest, reported a foot of new snow Thursday morning and 18 inches over the past 48 hours.
The weather forecast for Aspen calls for a 20 percent chance for snow Thursday night and a 30 percent chance on Friday, with highs of 25 to 35. Snow is likely on Saturday, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and highs in the 20s, according to the National Weather Service.
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Mostly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance for snow are expected Saturday night and a 20 percent chance of snow remains in the forecast on Sunday, with highs of 15 to 25.