Mud storm blankets Vail Valley |

Mud storm blankets Vail Valley

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The crowd of mud-splattered Vail Valley vehicles lined up behind the Eagle River Car Wash Monday afternoon looked like an off-roading after party.

But the exceptionally dirty cars were really victims of a mud storm that hit the area Sunday night, a forerunner to the cold spell and snow that came in overnight.

Edwards resident Alfred Bamberger was third in line for a wash stall. He had recently washed his car, he said. He had left it parked outside the night before, and when he came out shortly after the storm, he found it a muddy mess.

“It’s unusual,” he said of the weather. “When you wash your car you expect snow or rain soon afterward ” not mud.”

The dirty rain was part of the storm that brought three inches to the Vail Valley Sunday night, meteorologists said.

The storm was preceded by high winds of up to 43 miles per hour, which kicked dust into the air, said Norv Larson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“There were strong winds in front of (the storm),” he said. “That dirty air from further west made it eastward, then showers brought it all down. The western Colorado counties got it the worst.”

The dirty rain was reported as far west as Grand Junction.

The winter weather is expected to last throughout the week, according to weather forecasts. There is a 50 percent chance of snow on Wednesday and another storm expected to move in on Thursday.

Temperatures should stay in the 30s during the day throughout the week.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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