Another major storm cycle bringing tons of snow to northern, eastern Colorado ski areas

More great snow is coming to Colorado’s northern and eastern mountains thanks to a three-day storm cycle streaming Pacific moisture into the state, according to the OpenSnow snow forecasting and tracking service.

Steamboat could receive 45 inches and Bluebird Backcountry can expect 30 inches, OpenSnow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz forecasted Tuesday morning.

“One of the reasons why three-day snow totals could be significant is that a lot of moisture from the Pacific Ocean will be flowing directly into Colorado,” Gratz wrote. “The most snow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday should fall on mountains farther east and north. This includes Steamboat, Cameron Pass, Bluebird Backcountry, Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass, Jones Pass, Loveland, A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and maybe Copper.”

Loveland, Winter Park, Granby Ranch and the Devil’s Thumb cross country area are expecting 20 inches or more. Areas likely to receive a foot or more include Vail and the Snow Mountain Ranch cross country area (19), Arapahoe Basin and Beaver Creek (18) and Eldora (14).

Popular backcountry terrain also will get slammed. Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs could receive 53 inches, Gratz predicted, and Rabbit Ears Pass on the other side of Steamboat could receive 38 inches. Cameron Pass west of Fort Collins also should get more than three feet. Rocky Mountain National Park, Berthoud Pass and Loveland Pass are predicted to receive 20-22 inches.

High winds could cause low visibility and temporary lift closures, Gratz said. He is predicting light to moderate snow Tuesday and Tuesday night, with the most intense snow coming Wednesday midday and Wednesday night.

“I think the majority of the best powder will be on Thursday morning,” Gratz wrote in his daily Colorado mountain summary, “since some or a lot of snow will fall after lifts close on Wednesday afternoon.”

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