Spring snowstorm slams Vail Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY –A spring storm brought more than a foot or more of snow to parts the Vail Valley on Thursday, and more snow is expected through the weekend.
Some 34 car crashes were reported on Thursday morning’s icy, snow-packed roads, the Colorado State Patrol said.
A semi collided with a man who was standing outside his car just east of the Wolcott exit on Interstate 70 on Thursday morning, police said.
The man was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.
Witnesses say the truck was going westbound when it jack-knifed, colliding with the man and his vehicle, which were off the right side of the road, the State Patrol said.
The man was standing outside his car along with several other vehicles that had slid off the road, police said. The semi fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement authorities.
One other injury was reported in Thursday morning’s crashes.
Eagle County School District schools were open but classes were canceled at Vail Mountain School, the Stone Creek Charter School and the Eagle County Charter Academy.
The Vail Valley is under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Saturday. More snow is in the forecast tonight. The National Weather Service expects 3 to 5 inches of fresh snow.
Friday’s forecast calls for more snow showers and a high of 31. The National Weather Service says another 8 to 16 inches of snow could be on the ground by Saturday morning.
There is a chance of snow and below normal temperatures through Monday but rain and snow should taper off during the work week, when warmer weather is expected, the National Weather Service.