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Heavy snowfall heading into the Roaring Fork Valley this week

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January 28, 2014, 9:43 am

A couple of inches of new snow fell on the Aspen area overnight Monday after about a 10-day streak of some serious sunshine, but that dusting was just a teaser for heavy snowfall heading into the Roaring Fork Valley later this week.

Scenes like these were common in Aspen earlier this month. They'll be back later this week.

Scenes like these were common in Aspen earlier this month. They’ll be back later this week.

Two inches of new snow fell on Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass Monday night, but the up-slope storm was much kinder to Colorado’s Front Range, as resorts like Winter Park (11 inches) and Eldora (7) enjoyed a nice new coating. But the really good stuff comes later this week, and it should dump anywhere between 15 and 30 inches in the central mountains Wednesday night through Friday.

“Heavy snow Wednesday night through Thursday (high confidence), with moderate to heavy snow also possible on Friday (lower confidence),” meteorologist Joel Gratz of Opensnow.com wrote this morning. “The bull’s eye will be the central mountains with 15-30 inches. Northern and southern areas will likely see lower but still significant totals of about a foot +/-. The best powder days will be Thursday, Friday, and perhaps Saturday morning.”

Any kind of powder day will be welcomed by local snow riders in the Roaring Fork Valley, who — after several feet of fresh the first two weeks of January — have been making do with a little too much Colorado sunshine the last 10 days. Despite the picture-postcard weather, Aspen area ski mountains have held up remarkably well and stayed somewhat soft due to continued colder temps.

Gratz adds that the longer-term forecast also looks favorable for the Roaring Fork Valley:

“The pattern between Feb 4th to 10th should bring us additional chances for snow, so it looks like the next 10-15 days will be good for our state’s water supply and our ski legs,” Gratz wrote this morning.

Avalanche danger is rated as considerable along Colorado’s Front Range, moderate in the Vail/Summit County area and moderate in the Aspen area, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, but look for that to change dramatically if snowfall totals pan out from storms later this week.

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