Snow in Vail’s forecast for Monday, Tuesday
February 26, 2017
VAIL — A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Western Colorado, including Vail, with snow expected Monday morning through Tuesday evening.
The National Weather Service is calling for a foot of snow.
Joel Gratz of opensnow.com is predicting 5-10 inches of snow at Copper Mountain.
Read the statement from the National Weather Service:
Winter Storm Watch
Beginning: 2017-02-26T16:33:40 Ending: 2017-03-01T07:00:00 Continued
Grand and Battlement Mesas- Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys- West Elk and Sawatch Mountains- Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide- Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains- La Sal and Abajo Mountains- 933 AM MST Sun Feb 26 2017
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…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING…
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE…Silverton…Telluride…Rico…Dallas Divide…Skyway…Crested Butte…Taylor Park…Aspen and many of the major highway and interstate mountain passes.
* Timing…Snow is likely to start over the higher peaks prior to sunrise on Monday and become widespread and lower in elevation through the day. Snow…heavy at times…will then continue at least into Tuesday evening…with snow possibly lingering into Wednesday for some areas.
* Snow Accumulations…A foot or more of snow is possible at most locations in the Winter Storm Watch area. The southern Colorado mountains may exceed 2 feet in certain locations.
* WINDS…Southwest at 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph above 9500 feet Monday through Tuesday morning. Winds gradually turn westerly then northwest and decrease Tuesday afternoon.
* VISIBILITY…reduced to less than a half mile at times in moderate to heavy snow and blowing snow.
* Impacts…Heavy snowfall and strong winds will quickly create hazardous driving conditions. Mountain roadways will be icy to snowpacked at times. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow…sleet…or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts