Snow in the weekend forecast for Vail Valley |

Snow in the weekend forecast for Vail Valley

EAGLE COUNTY — There will probably be plenty of traffic from Vail to Denver on Sunday. But the weather should be good.

March is one of the snowiest months in the Rockies, and the forecast for the next several days brings good news for skiers and snowpack-watchers alike.

The seven-day forecast from National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office has a 90 percent chance of snow for Friday, with the storm lasting through the night. The forecast calls for the snow to subside by Saturday, with a clear, dry Sunday. The forecast snow totals for the storm add up to 4 inches or less.

OpenSnow More Optimistic

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The snow forecast is a bit more optimistic from Joel Gratz, the Colorado forecaster for OpenSnow, a web-based forecasting service.

Gratz’s forecast calls for a few inches of snow west of the Continental Divide, with as much as 12 inches along, and just east of the divide. For Beaver Creek and Vail, the total could be as much as 8 inches.

After a dry weekend, the weather service predicts just a “chance” of snow March 11. Gratz’s forecast calls for a storm similar to the most current one March 11, then dry conditions for the remainder of the week. Gratz is calling for a “weaker” storm the weekend of March 14-15. The following week is potentially more active, Gratz wrote, adding that it’s still too early for specific details.

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