Storm: Round Two on the way
VAIL – While local skiers and boarders have been near-delirious with glee at all the new-fallen snow, there’s even more good news: It ain’t over yet.According to Dan Zumpfe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, the Vail area can expect to see snow increase Friday, with heavy accumulation continuing into the night. Zumpfe said he expected a fair amount of wind to accompany the second wave of the storm, with gusts from the west up to 45 mph.”The really intense action will get going Friday as the upper level of low pressure moves into Colorado,” Zumpfe said Thursday. “It looks like the total for this storm is going to be between 1 and 2 feet.”
Vail Mountain claimed 3 inches of new snow Thursday, although high winds made some areas of the mountain deeper in snow than others. Snow continued to fall all day Thursday, and Zumpfe said an additional 3-7 inches is expected during the daylight hours Friday, with another 5-9 inches tonight.Snow will likely continue to fall every day for the next week, Zumpfe said, but added that a cold front moving in over the weekend will reduce the amounts. Temperatures in Vail will likely dip down into the single digits by Monday morning, he said.Drivers have apparently taken the storm seriously and slowed down quite a bit, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Shawn Olmstead said.”The weather’s nasty, but it’s so bad that I think people have adapted to driving conditions,” Olmstead said.
More trouble has come from the 18-wheelers lining up on eastbound I-70 to put on chains, he said. Trucks partially blocked of the interstate there, and other truckers tried to make it over Vail Pass without putting on the required chains.”They get stuck, and then the trucks behind them get stuck – even the ones with chains,” Olmstead said. But he added that the patrol is up to full staff and is keeping a closer eye on the semis.Wednesday, the early part of the storm caused trouble at the World Cup event at Beaver Creek, where qualifying runs had to be canceled due to poor visibility brought on by high winds and blowing snow. But the super-G race took place Thursday as scheduled (see results in sports, page A31). For the latest updates on road conditions, go online to cotrip.org or call 479-2226. For statewide snow conditions, check out coloradoski.com/snow.
Alex Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14625, or email@example.com.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado