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The foot of snow falls on the mountains of the western slope, the ski areas; more soon

A storm system that focused most of its energy on the western slope delivered 12 to 15 inches of snow Sunday in the Elk and Flat Top ranges.

Powderhorn Resort, located 45 minutes east of Grand Junction on the Grand Mesa, received 12 inches and Steamboat Springs received nine. Four regions – Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain – picked up eight. Front Range areas received 3-5 inches.

Light to moderate showers could continue Monday through Wednesday, according to forecasting and reporting service OpenSnow. A “moderately strong” storm from Wednesday evening through Thursday could bring 4 to 10 inches to most of Colorado’s mountains.

“The storm could arrive sooner or later, or follow a slightly different path,” OpenSnow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote in a post Monday morning. “For now, however, the main message is that we will see several chances of snow this week, and temperatures will generally remain colder than freezing through Friday morning, which should help snow crews.”

Arapahoe Basin opened Sunday, becoming the first area in the state to open for the season. Keystone is expected to be next, and colder temperatures this week should help snowmaking efforts there.

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