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Expect more snow in Vail, western Colo.

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentSnow plow drivers for the Colorado Department of Transportation have been working hard clearing snow on High Country highways this winter.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Continued above-average winter snowfall is surprising meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

Forecasters had predicted that heavier snowfall would taper off in late January for northern Colorado due to a moderate La Nina weather pattern. Southern Colorado was expected to receive below-normal amounts of precipitation by now, which hasn’t been the case.

“This particular year it really hasn’t worked out that way,” meteorologist Jim Pringle said.

After what was supposed to be a mostly sunny day Thursday, there’s a decent chance snowfall will continue. “It looks like we’re going to have periods of snowfall well into the middle of next week,” Pringle said.

He said another storm system should arrive in the region Thursday night.

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s maintenance office in Glenwood Springs has about 30 people who plow Interstate 70 from Rifle to Dotsero.

“We’ve had snow on the ground here since the first of December and it hasn’t gone away,” said D’Wayne Gaymon, a senior foreman. “That’s not very normal.”

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