Almost a foot of snow may fall in Vail by Friday |

Almost a foot of snow may fall in Vail by Friday

Vail Daily staff reportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/National Weather ServiceWith Vail Mountain opening next week, a forecast winter storm will be welcome in the valley

VAIL – With Vail Mountain set to open in about 10 days, a snow storm forecast to move in Thursday may mean the snow gods are starting to smile on the valley.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the region and its forecast warns of hazardous travel in the Colorado mountains Thursday through Sunday as a Pacific storm moves through the region.The best chance of substantial valley rain and mountain snow is late Thursday through Friday night when a strong cold front should move in, bringing up to nine inches of snow to Vail by Friday evening, the Weather Service says.The forecast for Thursday is a slight chance of rain between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow. By Thursday night, rain and snow is likely and the temperatures will drop into the low 30s. The Weather Service says Vail could get two to four inches. The chance of snow on Friday is 70 percent, with highs near 40, and the Weather Service is forecasting another three to five inches. The Weather Service says the weather will improve on Sunday and be dry during the beginning of the week. Vail Mountain will open Nov. 20.

See the National Weather Service forecast for Vail

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