VAIL — What’s better than snow on the ground on opening day? Falling snow adding to what’s already here.
The National Weather Service Wednesday issued a winter storm warning for Vail, in effect through the early morning hours of Saturday. But while coming storms are relatively easy to spot these days, just what those storms will leave behind is still a matter of both art and science.
National Weather Service forecasts are predicting 1 to 2 inches for Vail today, with another inch or so overnight. That’s when the feds’ snowfall predictions stop.
The Weather Channel’s five-day forecast is a little more generous, calling for between 2 and 4 inches Thursday, with another inch or so on Friday.
Then there’s the crew at www.open snow.com. Joel Gratz, the forecaster for the Rockies, predicted between 1 and 3 inches on Wednesday, with to 3 during the day Thursday and another 1 or 2 in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday. Those snow forecasts were for both Vail and Beaver Creek.
Steamboat Springs is forecast to get a bit more snow than the Vail Valley, but the southern part of the state could be in the snow bonanza belt, with several inches forecast for Silverton and Wolf Creek.
According to Gratz’s report, there’s plenty of moisture about, but warmer temperatures and inconsistent storm energy will keep snow totals down a bit.
While the San Juan Mountains will likely receive most of the snow from this pattern, Gratz wrote that there’s a chance for higher snow totals due to all the moisture in the air.
Whatever snow this storm delivers, it will be welcomed by those heading out to Opening Day on Vail Mountain.