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Vail Valley to see more snow, cold temperatures this week

Storm could bring significant snowfall, particularly to higher elevations

Both Beaver Creek and Vail are expected to receive a shot of fresh spring snow this week.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com

The forecast

Here’s the National Weather Service forecast for Vail from April 10 — 14.

April 10: A 70% chance of snow showers. High around 37.

April 11: A 30% chance of snow showers. High around 28.

April 12: Partly sunny, with a chance of snow showers: High around 35.

April 13: A slight chance of snow showers. High around 38.

April 14: Partly sunny, with a high around 43.

Source: National Weather Service.

EAGLE COUNTY — Our front hallways are going to be jammed with both winter and spring gear for a while to come. A pair of cold fronts will hit Colorado this week, bringing snow and much colder temperatures than we’ve seen the last few days.

According to the forecasters at OpenSnow.com, the first storm, expected to hit Colorado Wednesday, will bring a better chance of snow to the northern part of the state. A second storm, expected to hit a day or two later, is focused on the southern part of the state.

“We’re going to see a little bit of everything,” said Dennis Phillips, a forecaster in the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service.

The cold front started Tuesday with warm temperatures but strong winds. That’s expected to be followed by snow, with elevations above timberline seeing the most. Later in the week, cold temperatures could threaten fruit trees in lower elevations of the Western Slope.

That could be a bit of a shock to the system, but Open Snow co-founder Joel Gratz wrote in an email that this isn’t particularly unusual for April in Colorado.

“(Five to 10-plus inches is a solid but not amazing storm,” Gratz wrote, adding that the storm will intensify over the northern plains states after passing through Colorado.

Gratz added that there are a number of factors involved in snowfall in Colorado. But, he wrote, a late-developing El Nino pattern in the Pacific Ocean may have contributed to significant snowfall in Colorado over the second half of the current ski season.

While this week’s storms will bring a fresh shot of winter to the region, we probably aren’t done with variable weather.

Forecasters don’t like to make specific predictions more than about a week in advance. But, Phillips said, the patterns in play right now could bring more variable weather to Colorado over at least the next couple of weeks.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2930.