Powder Predictor

Storm to favor Snowmass

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenMarch 17, 2011
High winds can be expected late afternoon and overnight tonight as another round of active weather looms to our west. We see snow begin to fall early Thursday, March 17, as a fairly strong system moves in from the Pacific.

Plenty of moisture along with good dynamics make this a favorable storm for the northern mountains; however, we will have to wait and see if temps are cold enough to create a big dumping of snow.

On-mountain temps for Thursday will be in the low to mid 20's with gusty winds from the west in the 20-mph range. Snow will fall most of the day Thursday with another shot of good snowfall overnight into Friday, March 18.

On mountain temps will be the same for Aspen/Snowmass, with gusty west winds as well. Aspen/Snowmass will see a better shot of snow Thursday night as the associated cold front drops south.

With recent storms being over-hyped, I'm a bit reluctant to get too excited about this next storm. Many forecasters are calling for up to 16 inches by Friday morning, but I have to go against the computer models, instead relying on recent weather trends we've seen these past weeks.

I expect 4-6 inches for Vail/Beaver Creek by Friday morning, favoring the Beav'. Aspen/Snowmass could again see totals a bit higher (6-10), favoring Snowmass.

Clearing begins Friday afternoon, with another blast of winter Sunday, March 20. For the time being, lets hope this forecaster can be wrong the right way again.


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