We are expecting 6-12″ between tonight and Friday morning. Thursday will be a blizzard day, with likely road closures and severe winter driving conditions. Saturday and Sunday should be dry, then another storm is lined up for Sunday night through Tuesday morning.
January 31 marked the halfway point of our snow plowing season. While winter got off to a slow start this year, regular storms during January brought our snow precipitation in Silverthorne up to about 90% of average. While big storms get everyone’s attention, a series of regular, smaller storms can be great for the snow pack.
We’re happy to be getting some snow, but the timing is the worst for those travelling to the mountains Friday evening. Blizzard conditions expected from about 3 PM – 9 PM, with heavy snow, wind, poor visibility, and likely road closures. This will be a fast-moving storm, so if you can, adjust your travel time to earlier Friday, or wait until Saturday morning, to miss the worst driving conditions. CDOT will likely implement the Passenger Traction Law, so please make sure your vehicle is prepared with snow tires, AWD/4WD, and/or chains.
For Silverthorne, we’re expecting between 3″ and 6″ of snow by Saturday morning, and we anticipate that this will trigger our snow plowing crew to be out on Saturday. Please move your cars to allow for plowing. The ski slopes are forecasted to get up to a foot of fresh snow by Saturday morning – yay!
We expect to see snow on the I-70 corridor from mid-day Friday through Saturday morning with 4″-8″ of accumulation. Clearing but cold Saturday.
Icy and snow-packed road surfaces with reduced visibility anticipated through Friday night. CDOT will likely implement the Passenger Traction Law, so please make sure your vehicle is prepared with snow tires, mud/snow tires, and/or chains from Thursday night through Saturday morning.
The Aspen leaves have by no means peaked yet, but this weekend may be the best time to see what fall color we have. The weather forecast towards the end of next week is for some strong gusty winds that could end up stripping off many of the leaves.
The hummingbirds and red-winged blackbirds have left already, at least two weeks early. Did they sense an early winter approaching? We will have to wait and see …..