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Latest Colorado snow forecast: How much to expect in the mountains this weekend

Posted: 5:53 PM, Dec 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-12 19:55:44-05
Snowpack impacted by changing weather trends

DENVER – The snow was already coming down in bunches in the mountains on Thursday evening, and don't expect it stop for the next couple days.

As we've covered this week, an atmospheric river of moisture from the Pacific Ocean was moving into Colorado and was expected to dump more than a foot of snow across the mountains. Much of that moisture won't reach the Denver area, as we'll only see about two inches of snow through the weekend.

But the snowfall estimates for the mountains were only going up on Thursday. Below are the latest expected snowfall totals through Sunday, from the National Weather Service in Boulder. Note the shades of dark red on the NWS map, indicating up to two feet or more of snow.

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These snowfall estimates are through 5 p.m. Sunday.

Winter Park: 18-24 inches

Vail: 18 inches

Fraser: 18 inches

Silverton: 15 inches

Steamboat Springs: 12 inches

Aspen: 11 inches

Kremmling: 11 inches

Fairplay: 10 inches

Walden: 8 inches

Glenwood Springs: 8 inches

Gunnison: 7 inches

Pagosa Springs: 6 inches

The snowy conditions should be nice for the ski areas but tough on travel conditions. In addition to the snow on Thursday night, wind gusts of up to 60 mph were expected to cause blowing and drifting snow across roadways.