Breaking: Winter storm warning issued for Vail, other areas in region |

Breaking: Winter storm warning issued for Vail, other areas in region

Snow covers a traffic sign at Lionshead Parking structure in Vail.
Rick Spitzer | Special to the Daily

VAIL — At 9:22 a.m., the National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, May 19. Vail is included in the warning, as well as Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford and Trappers Lake.

According to the warning alert, snow will continue to accumulate through Friday, with the greatest accumulations through Thursday evening. Expect lulls from time to time through Friday, with periods of moderate to heavy snow.

The National Weather Service is predicting an additional 6 to 12 inches of snow beginning Thursday morning, for a storm total of 10 inches to 20 inches of snow. Higher snow totals are possible, the alert said, with winds from the northwest of 5 mph to 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph.

Mountain passes will be icy and snowpacked, with hazardous travel conditions likely, especially over Vail Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Colorado Highway 65 over the Grand Mesa, Monarch Pass and Independence Pass. Backcountry travel also will be difficult.

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