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Ski Report: Friday storm brings fresh snow for skiing this weekend

Wolf Creek Ski Area
Posted at 10:48 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 21:01:11-05

Our cover photo for this week's Ski Report showcases Wolf Creek Ski Area's 129" year to date snowfall and it's 72" summit snowpack. And in the upper Rio Grande basin, where Wolf Creek is located, the snowpack is at 116%.

For the rest of the Colorado high country snowpack is running between 1-3 feet for most of the mountains, but statewide that's only 76% of normal. That's according to SNOTEL data from December 7th.

Thankfully there is snow in the forecast for Friday. Starting Thursday night west of the continental divide and increasing in coverage through Friday afternoon, snow will cause treacherous travel. But this system is fast-moving and will be clear by Friday night.

Expect snow totals to be widespread about 2-6 inches in the mountains, with isolated totals of 6-10 inches on the highest peaks in the Sawatch Range.

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny, but near or below freezing all day for most mountain cities.