Some resorts are expecting 4 to 8 inches of snow from the storm

As Front Range commuters brace for a winter storm set to arrive Wednesday afternoon, Colorado ski areas can expect a decent, if not dramatic, delivery of new snow.

OpenSnow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz predicts mountain accumulations mostly in the range of four to six inches on Wednesday and continuing into Thursday, with a few places receiving more.

Echo Mountain, the closest ski area to the Front Range, could be the big winner at eight inches according to Gratz. It projects seven inches for Eldora and Snowmass, while several regions could receive six inches, including Steamboat, Aspen and Aspen Highlands, Telluride, Winter Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Most other areas will receive 4 to 5 inches, he predicts.

“Overall, this Wednesday/Thursday storm isn’t super impressive in terms of energy, track, or moisture,” Gratz wrote Tuesday in his daily report for Colorado, “but we’ll of course take the flakes when we can get them, and a mid-week 4-8 ​​inch fresh snow carry should make some fun turns in many places around the state.

This storm was difficult to predict, Gratz said, citing conflicting forecast models that leave “great uncertainty about which mountains might see the highest snow totals.” He thinks it’s possible some areas will get up to 10 inches.

“Best potential up to 8-10 inches, model-averaged, will be for areas north of I-70 and near and east of the divide,” Gratz wrote.

A stronger storm is expected to hit the mountains early next week.

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