Colorado Snow Is Lagging But Has Time To Catch Up

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Snowfall in the Colorado mountains is lagging this season, but forecasters say the winter is young and there's plenty of time to catch up.

The snowpack statewide was 73 percent of the long-term average as of midweek. It ranges from near-average in the south and southeast parts of Colorado to just 63 percent in the northwest corner.

Kyle Fredin of the National Weather Service said Thursday the jet stream has been steering snow to the north and south of Colorado, but the pattern might shift in mid-January, bringing more snow.

Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts are reporting an 18-inch base midway up the mountain while Breckenridge is at 23 inches.

Aspen is reporting a base of 16 to 34 inches at its four mountains.

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