Snow to fall at Colorado ski areas all week

Posted on: 6:52 am, December 17, 2012, by , updated on: 06:13pm, December 17, 2012

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  • Two storms are headed to Colorado and will bring snow to the mountains.

  • The first storm arrives Monday night into Tuesday.

  • It will bring snow mostly to the northern mountains.

  • No snow is forecasted for the metro area for Tuesday morning.

  • Travel along I-70 Tuesday and Wednesday will be slow and difficult.

  • The second storm moves in Tuesday night into Wednesday.

  • This second storm will arrive around 2-3 a.m. and stay around all day.

  • Snow is forecast for the metro area on Wednesday.

  • Highs for the metro area Tuesday will be in the 40s.

  • Snow forecasts for the Wednesday storm.

  • Winter storm warnings are already in place for some parts of the state until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Winter storm watches start Tuesday at 5 p.m.

  • The metro area can expect to see 2-6 inches of snow Wednesday.

  • When the storms move out, highs will stay in the 40s for the rest of the week.

DENVER — Snow will fall at Colorado ski areas every single day this week. And it’s about time.

By the end of this week ski areas like Steamboat and Wolf Creek should have 30-40 inches of new snow on the ground.

Even the I-25 Corridor is in line for snow accumulation early Wednesday morning. This includes Denver, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Fort Morgan, Sterling, Golden, Boulder, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock, and Monument.

This snow bonanza is part of an active storm track. For most of the season so far the storm track, also known as the jet stream, was arched north of Colorado keeping us high and dry. It finally changed — now dipping south and running right through the state.

Statewide snowpack depths were less than 50 percent of normal prior to this snow bonanza. Now those snow depths are on the rise.

While the new snow is great news, it doesn’t come without one minor drawback. Holiday travel will be difficult across I-70 through the Mountains, with major passes likely to stay snow packed through Friday.

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