Snow in Grand County will give way to wind, sun by mid-week |

Snow in Grand County will give way to wind, sun by mid-week

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi Daily News
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It’s a powder day at Winter Park. The mountain is reporting 7.5 new inches of new snow in the last 24 hours with a total of nearly a foot in the past week.

Elsewhere in Grand County, 4-10 inches of snow fell overnight, according to readings by National Weather Service volunteers.

Since the first storm system moved in Sunday, Dec. 8, Grand County has been pounded by three storms.

The first storm of the week came in from the southwest and was the strongest to move across Colorado, according NWS meteorologist Dave Barjenbruch. The western portion of the county caught the edge of that storm, which dumped 4 feet in the San Juans while Winter Park reported less than an inch of snowfall.

That storm petered out early in the week just in time for the northern part of the county, including Granby and Grand Lake, to catch the edge of an Arctic system moving through the northern plains, Barjenbruch said.

A third system, moving in from the west, blanketing much of the state in fresh snow over the weekend .

Steamboat is reporting 11 inches of new powder on a 26-inch base Monday with seven of its 18 lifts open. Copper Mountain is reporting seven new inches in the last 48 hours with a 30-inch base and seven of 22 lifts open. Winter Park has 9 new inches in the past 48 with a 31-inch base 18 of 24 lifts open.

The southwestern ski areas hit the jackpot twice this week. Wolf Creek is reporting 27 inches of snow in the past 48 with an 86-inch base. Purgatory, Silverton, Telluride, Crested Butte and Monarch are also knee-deep in new snow.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to continue for much of the day, drying out this evening. Winds are expected to increase overnight, gusting around 60 mph, which will bring in warmer air and sunnier skies for Wednesday and Thursday.

A storm moving in from the northwest may bring snow back to the forecast by Friday, Barjenbruch said.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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