Courtesy of snowcrystals.com
Double digit snow totals expected to ring in new year
December 29, 2009 —
A cloudy and still cold end to 2009 is expected as our next system moves in from the northwest – a more favorable trajectory for resorts like Steamboat, Vail and Beaver Creek.
Dynamics look good with the jet stream, and moisture teaming up to give us a good shot at double digit totals for Thursday (Dec. 31) morning.
Expect this storm to move in during the day Wednesday (Dec. 30) with snow showers turning into steady and moderate snowfall through the night. Winds will be out of the northwest 15-25 mph with gusts into the 30 mph range over the ridge tops.
On mountain temps will remain cold with highs in the teens and lows in the single digits and windchill values below zero at times.
For our out of town guests, Thursday (Dec. 31) looks to be your best shot at significant snow as high pressure will ridge in through the first weekend of 2010. Expect 6-10 inches by morning report on Thursday.
Overall it looks like January will give both Vail and The Beav' much needed snow as the low pressure axis looks to shift to a more northwesterly flow for much of January.
Happy New Year!
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