Sunlight gets 14 inches of snow |

Sunlight gets 14 inches of snow

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The first snowfall of the season hit Glenwood Springs Tuesday.

Up at Sunlight Mountain Resort, it hit a little harder. The resort reported 14 inches of snow that covered the top of the mountain ” more than the 12 inches reported on the Aspen-Snowmass website or the 4 inches reported at Vail. Glenwood Springs just saw a dusting of new snow.

Weather for Glenwood Springs was forecast to improve slightly later in the week with partly sunny days until Sunday, when there’s a slight chance of rain. High temperatures are predicted around 48 degrees today and in the low- to mid-50s through Sunday.

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Grand Junction has said ocean temperatures suggest a greater chance of average or slightly below average snowfall in western Colorado this winter. That prediction was by no means a solid bet ” it only suggested an increased probability.

The forecaster said the prediction was based on a correlation between past snowfall and ocean temperatures off the coast of Alaska, which track more strongly with snowfall in Western Colorado than Pacific Ocean temperatures near the equator. But the forecaster also took Pacific Ocean temperatures into account.

The forecaster also said there was a slightly greater probability of near- to below-normal temperatures this winter in Western Colorado.

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