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Parts of Grand to see up to 6 inches of snow in upcoming storm

This weekend’s winter storm could bring up to half a foot of snow in some parts of Grand with Winter Park Resort expected to get up to 4 inches of snow on the mountain.

The southern part of Grand County is under a winter weather advisory starting at midnight through 10 a.m. Sunday. Snow accumulation is expected to range from 2 to 6 inches with wind gusts up to 65 mph.

The National Weather Service predicts that mountain valleys will see rain first before it changes to snow. The snow is expected to end mid to late Sunday morning.

Travel may become difficult due to reduced visibility and snow covered roads with visibility reduced to a quarter mile at times.

Berthoud Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass reopen following wrecks

11:35 a.m.: Rabbit Ears Pass has also reopened.

11 a.m.: Berthoud Pass has reopened following a wreck, but drivers are asked to use extra caution.

Rabbit Ears Pass on US Highway 40 is closed to due multiple crashes. There is no estimated time for reopening.

The Grand County Office of Emergency Management said that 1,500 meters worth of power is out in parts of Granby, Winter Park and Fraser. Crews are working to restore power

Original story: Berthoud Pass is closed from mile markers 243-256 for a wreck on the east side of the pass.

There is no estimate for re-opening the road, which has experienced adverse driving conditions. Go to cotrip.org for updated road conditions.

Also, Winter Park Drive is temporarily closed due to a downed power line.

Vasquez Road is closed near Van Anderson due to a tree across a power line.

Snow could help, but it probably won’t put out Williams Fork Fire

Grand County is in store for a hot, dry Labor Day Weekend before temperatures plunge next week with a chance for snow.

Right now, a high pressure system over Utah and Nevada is moving east into Colorado, and the National Weather Service is predicting highs in the 80s Saturday and Sunday with light winds around 5-10 mph.

Fire managers battling the Williams Fork blaze in southern Grand County also have their attention fixed on the weather forecast, and they have warned residents the high pressure system will likely push a wealth of hot, dry air over the fire, allowing for the possibility of red flag weather conditions this weekend.

The Williams Fork Fire is burning about seven miles southwest of Fraser. The blaze is more than three weeks old and over 12,000 acres. The area around the Henderson Mill has been contained, and the fire is not expected to threaten Fraser, Tabernash or Winter Park.

On Labor Day, there’s some precipitation in the forecast, as Monday is expected to be breezy in the mid-70s with a slight chance for afternoon rain before more rainfall sets in before 4 a.m. Tuesday.

That rain is expected to turn into snow after 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS. That’s because a cold front from eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska is poised to drop into northeast Colorado late Monday and then central Colorado on Tuesday.

With it, widespread snow and colder temperatures are forecast across north central Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Williams Fork Fire management team described any precipitation as a good thing when it comes to increasing the moisture content of the dense beetle-kill trees and other fuels feeding the fire, but she said it likely won’t put out the fire.

The rain that fell on the fire last week kept its growth at bay and prevented the blaze from experiencing extreme activity, like when the Williams Fork Fire first broke out and quickly spread to thousands of acres.

However, even with last week’s rainfall and the precipitation in the forecast next week, it probably won’t extinguish the blaze, the spokesperson explained.

She said that another hot, dry spell could kick the fire back up to high activity, and there could be a lot of fire season left, not just for Grand County, but across the state.

While the fire is expected to continue burning well after next week, the spokesperson said that, as the moisture content in the fuels increases, fire managers could look at the possibility of reducing resources and going into more of a monitoring status.

Grand County under fire danger warning

Grand County and most of the Western Slope will face critical fire danger conditions with a red flag warning in place until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

According to forecasters, a hot ridge of high pressure to the south combined with an increase in westerly flow aloft will bring critical fire danger to the northern Colorado mountains and high valleys.

Gusty winds up to 35 mph and humidity as low as 8% are expected in the late morning through the afternoon, before winds gradually decrease in the early evening. Humidity will remain low on ridges and thermal belts Wednesday night, but winds will become light.

The National Weather Service at this time advises against outdoor burning, throwing cigarettes out the window, creating sparks and operating machinery in dry grasses.

Hot and dry weather will remain in place through the weekend, but winds are not expected to be as gusty.

Winter Park sees 110 mph winds, county under severe thunderstorm watch

Grand County is under a sever thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting 110 mph winds in Winter Park.

East Grand Fire and various law enforcement officials are responding to downed trees on Highway 40 and in the Idlewild area. There is also a tree blocking the road at Devil’s Thumb Trailhead.

The National Weather Service reported a 110 mph wind gust at the top of Winter Park Resort at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

High winds should die down by 6 p.m., but anyone in the county spending time outdoors should stay up to date on weather information. Hail up to a the size of a pingpong ball and frequent lightening is possible through the evening.

Grand on hazardous weather outlook, little accumulation expected

Grand County remains on a hazardous weather outlook through Friday night, though little accumulation is expected.

According to forecasters, light snow will continue through the mountains Friday with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.

Strong and gusty winds are expected over the mountains Saturday into Monday. A storm may pick up again Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night, but significant accumulations are not expected.

Most parts of the county saw between 1-4 inches of snow in the past 48 hours, due to a New Year’s Day storm. Ice and snow remain a hazard to drivers as always.

Thursday saw a head-on wreck that closed US Highway 40 for 2.5 hours, sending one driver to Middle Park Health in Granby with serious injuries.

Winter Park Resort, which saw 4 inches of snow Thursday, could see another inch in the next 24 hours according to OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz. Gratz is also predicting 2-5 inches Sunday through Monday evening on the mountain.

Granby Ranch saw 2 inches of snow Thursday and no accumulation is predicted for the next five days, according to OpenSnow.com. Snowpack remains above average for both resorts.

It’s cold in Grand County

Sunday and Monday night, Grand County saw some chilly lows.

Overnight Sunday, Kremmling hit a low of -26 degrees. In other locations across the county, the National Weather Service recorded some other bone chilling temperatures. On US Highway 40 near Fraser Flats temperatures fell to -23, while Red Dirt Hill and Granby saw a low of -18.

Monday overnight was almost as cold, with Kremmling and Fraser Flats seeing a low of -25. Granby hit -21 and Red Dirt Hill’s low was -15.

New Year’s Eve will also contend with a hazardous weather outlook issued by the weather service along the north-central mountains and I-70.

While Tuesday will bring slightly warmer temperatures to parts of the county, winds will be increasing into the night as a weather system approaches.

Snow and winds will push into the mountains on New Year’s Day into Thursday. Holiday travelers are advised to use caution and give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination.

Grand County to see snow as storm moves into Colorado

As a winter storm moves into northeast and north central Colorado, Grand County will see the edge of the weather and some light accumulation Saturday.

The worst of the storm will be centered in northeastern Colorado, but the National Weather Service has Grand on a hazardous weather outlook.

Increasing northerly winds will increase this morning and continue through the evening up to 45 mph, according to NWS. The county can expect up to 2 inches of snow in some areas.

Winter Park Resort started Saturday with 2 inches of fresh snow and could see another 2-4 inches throughout the day, according to OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz. All but one of Winter Park’s lifts are open and 87% of trails are now available.

Conditions will improve from west to east tonight, but travel could still be hampered with blowing snow and poor visibility.

Strong winds are possible across the high mountains Sunday, likely disrupting holiday travel, and continuing through Monday. The next chance for snow is New Year’s Day when 2-6 inches of snow could fall on the high mountains.

Winter storm to continue through Sunday; up to 2 feet of snow possible in Grand

Grand County is seeing a winter storm earlier than expected and it could continue snowing for the next three days.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the mountains early Thursday morning that will last until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Parts of the county are also under a winter storm warning until early Friday morning.

Snowfall, which has already begun in Grand County, is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon. Rates will vary from less than an inch up to 2 inches per hour at times.

The weather service also predicts periods of gusty winds that will create blowing and drifting snow with poor visibility.

Accumulation by Friday afternoon could reach 12 to 18 inches in some areas. The weather service predicts additional accumulations of another foot or more over the weekend.

There will be a slight decrease in snowfall Friday afternoon and evening, but a second wave of moisture is expected Saturday running into Sunday.

Travel through the mountains will be difficult this weekend. Drivers should prepare for difficult roads and check COTrip.org for the latest conditions.

OpenSnow meteorologist Joel Grantz said in his Thursday Winter Park Resort snow update that the storm started earlier than expected, with a few snowflakes starting to fall Wednesday night.

He predicted 6-12 inches on the mountain by today. Friday night through Saturday midday Grantz predicts at least 5-10 inches of additional accumulation at Winter Park to make for another good powder day.

Grantz said to look for lighter snow showers and colder temperatures Sunday and Monday.

Winter weather advisory above 9,000 feet issued in Grand

A winter weather advisory has been issued for areas in Grand County over 9,000 feet.

The weather will bring moderate snow to the area starting Saturday night and continuing into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow accumulation for the mountains could total between 5-10 inches with wind gusts as high as 50 mph.

Road could be slippery and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Drivers are advised to slow down and use caution.

OpenSnow.com predicts between 4-8 inches of snow at Winter Park Resort from the storm.