Bundle up: Some snow, cold weather expected in Vail
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Remember that order for massive amounts of snow we’ve all placed with our minds? It hasn’t been filled yet.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a fairly significant winter weather pattern for the next few days, but it mostly includes cold temperature and wind, without a lot of snow.
“Vail could see 4 to 8 inches, but the wind may take most of it,” said Jeff Colton, a forecaster in the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office.
Colton said the storm that will hit the valley on and off over the next few days could head back toward Nevada over the next couple of days. That easterly flow is generally bad news for Coloradans living on the west side of the Continental Divide. But the wind flow could bring a hefty snow dump to the Eastern Slope. Some areas, including Estes Park, could see up to a foot of snow out of this storm.
Besides the wind – with gusts up to 60 mph expected on the high passes – Colton said this storm is bringing cold weather with it. Forecast highs for Vail aren’t expected to pass 30 degrees for the next several days.
“The gates are opening to the pole, and the wind is going to come straight out of the north,” Colton said.
While the weather is expected to be “unsettled” for the next several days, Colton said forecasters don’t see much in the way of big snow-making systems on the horizon.
“This one may feel major because of the wind, but that’s about it,” he said.
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