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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 5:59 am

A slow-moving cold weather system and storm late Sunday and early next week could bring lasting snow, weather officials said Monday.

Some weather programs predict a “pretty vigorous” storm moving into Colorado and the Chaffee County area going across Monarch Pass, Eric Petersen, National Weather Service meteorologist in Pueblo, said.

The cold weather system does not mean long-range forecasts have changed, Petersen said. “This is just one system.”

Weather Service programs show the system moving more slowly than systems the area has seen recently, and that means a better chance to accumulate snow.

“This system looks stronger than the last few,” Petersen said. “It is too far out to tell, though.”

Parts of Chaffee County received some flurries and a dusting of snow Dec. 3. The snow came from the backside of a weather system moving through, Petersen said.

The weather should warm back up through the rest of the week before it cools down with the potential arrival of the new weather system, he said.

“This snow (forecast) looks like it is good news,” Greg Ralph, Monarch Mountain marketing director, said.

He said time will tell if the new weather system gives Monarch Mountain enough snow to open, because “we need a few feet,” he said.

Sunday night Monarch Mountain got about 1 inch of snow.

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