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Snow in the forecast

Megan Pischke Porcheron snowboards through fresh powder at Vail in January. Meteorologist Joel Gratz, of OpenSnow.com, is forecasting a snow-filled week.
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Forecast

Today: Cool with snow showers and possibly a few inches of accumulation during the afternoon and evening.

Sunday: Dry.

Monday: Snowfall expected midday.

Tuesday: Accumulation expected to continue.

Wednesday: Additional snowfall expected.

Thursday: Additional snowfall expected.

Friday: Additional snowfall expected.

Source: Meteorologist Joel Gratz, OpenSnow.com

EAGLE COUNTY — Early next week, a storm may bring fresh powder to Vail and Beaver Creek mountains, according to meteorologist Joel Gratz, of OpenSnow.com.

Most snowfall during the past 10 days has been focused in the Pacific Northwest and along the West Coast, but the coming storms are expected to move inland.

At least a foot of fresh snow is expected to fall, with the some areas getting 2 to 3 feet, according to Gratz’s report.



Potential Powder Days

Gratz is forecasting snow each day from Monday through Thursday night or Friday morning for the northern mountains, which include Vail and Beaver Creek. The northern mountains are expected to see the most accumulation.

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“I would recommend that you look at Tuesday as the first potential powder day of next week, and also keep an eye on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, especially in the northern mountains, as snow conditions should get better and better as the week goes on,” Gratz wrote in his report.

Gratz reminds skiers and snowboarders that even though each day’s report might not be as big as anticipated, multiple days of fresh snow can add up to great conditions on the mountains.

On Friday, both Vail and Beaver Creek reported packed powder conditions with mid-mountain bases above 50 inches. Vail has reported 252 total inches of snowfall, and Beaver Creek has reported 235. Both mountains report 100 percent of terrain still open.



Traditionally, the deepest snowpack depth occurs in early April, and current snowpack in all Colorado mountain areas are within 10 percent of average.

Streamflow forecasts have been declining with the recent dry, warm weather pattern.

“The streamflow forecast for the upper Colorado River basin fell by 20 percent since last month,” said Cara McCarthy, hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Vail and Beaver Creek mountains close for the winter season on April 10.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.


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