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1 1/2 feet of snow may fall in Vail Valley

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The Vail Valley could get more than a foot and a half of snow by early Tuesday morning.

A winter storm warning has been issued for the valley until 6 a.m. Tuesday, with 4 to 8 inches of snow expected Sunday night, 3 to 5 inches expected Monday and another 2 to 4 inches expected through Monday night, said Jim Daniels, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Winds and snowfall could result in as much as 20 inches of new snow on north and northwest facing slopes at higher elevations, Daniels said.

The center of the storm was moving from northern California into northwest Nevada Sunday afternoon and its center should reach western Colorado Sunday night, he said. The snow will be wet and heavy, he said.

The strongest winds in the storm will come Sunday night at higher elevations, resulting in blowing snow and decreased visibility for drivers on Vail Pass, Daniels said. Those winds should taper off Monday, only to return Monday night, he said.

Temperatures should warm up Wednesday, Daniels said.

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“There might be a slight chance of snow Thursday. Then it does look like we will have increasing chances of snow next weekend as another storm comes through,” Daniels said Sunday.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.