Pacific storms reach mountains |

Pacific storms reach mountains

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” The snow was wet in Eagle, but it was big and fat in Vail.

Heavy snow and gusting winds that are part of a storm coming from the Pacific Coast hit Eagle County this weekend.

Temperatures stayed in the 30s on Saturday, making for wet conditions like rain and snow mixtures in Eagle. Temperatures are expected to be 25 to 30 degrees Sunday but drop down to the single digits Monday night.

The Vail area can expect to see the snow die down a little Sunday but pick back up Sunday night, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Daniels.

“The storm will continue to affect the entire mountains and western Colorado,” Daniels said.

Some areas, such as Crested Butte, the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, and Durango, all reported as much as a foot of snow. Vail was not hit that hard, but the area could get 8 to 15 inches by Monday, Daniels said.

All of the Colorado mountains are on a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Monday.

That has been good news for skiers and snowboarders.

Edwards resident Jan Hrancky said he could not wait to hit the slopes when he saw the big, fluffy flakes Saturday morning.

“I opened my blinds, and I was like, ‘Yay!'” he said.

He spent the day skiing at Beaver Creek but said he expects the slopes to be packed for the weekend.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be crazy,” he said.

Dominie Whittle, who works at Beaver Creek Sports, was disappointed she had to work Saturday but plans on skiing Sunday.

“I went out (on Friday), and the snow was getting slushy. We needed to get at least a little snow, so this is good,” she said.

Edwards resident Kevin Delonay said he plans to ski Vail on Sunday.

“This is a very good thing,” he said of the snow.

Beaver Creek got 6 inches of snow Friday and Saturday.

“We’re hoping to see more from the storm. Hopefully it will stick around,” said Beaver Creek Communications Director Christina Schleicher.

Vail Mountain has 4 inches reported so far this month and is a foot ahead of the average snowfall for the year, said Vail Mountain spokeswoman Jen Brown.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing this Pacific storm hit, and hopefully after this weekend we’ll be even more ahead of the game,” she said.

While resorts have welcomed the snow, it has meant messy roads.

There were several minor accidents on Interstate 70 on Saturday, causing the eastbound portion of Vail Pass to close during the afternoon, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

There was also a single-car rollover on I-70 in East Vail, Vail Dispatch reported.

No injuries were reported in any of the accidents.

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

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