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"Snowy period’ on the way, forecaster says

Stephen Lloyd Wood

“There’s going to be snow in the Vail area. We’re going into a snowy period,” says Brian Avery, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Avery says another system is heading toward Colorado from the southwest, and while it doesn’t promise to delivery a huge dump, accumulations should add up to several inches in the Central Mountain region.

“The San Juans will be getting the lion’s share of the snow,” Avery says.

For the Central Mountains, there’s a 50 percent chance of snow today and tonight, and a 40 percent chance on Friday. High temperatures should remain in the 20s Fahrenheit, with lows near zero to 5 below.

Expect continued cold temperatures, mostly cloudy skies and snow showers on Saturday, some snow accumulations Sunday. Monday, the chance of precipitation increases again to 40 percent.

“It’s going to remain cool, so snow should stick around, even at the lower elevations,” says Avery.

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Partly cloudy skies are expected Tuesday.

Avery said the progressive winter pattern that’s been sending regular storms to Colorado still shows no sign of letting up, and the long-term models suggest normal snowfall. Snowpack levels, however, remain slightly below normal due to recent warm temperatures.

“For the past five years, we’ve had wet Novembers and then dry Decembers and Januaries,” he says. “Maybe this year will be different.”