Vail’s snow forecast is in feet, not inches |

Vail’s snow forecast is in feet, not inches

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Jack Affleck | Vail Resorts

VAIL, Colorado – When the National Weather Service starts throwing around the term “epic,” you know this might be big.

“Heavy, heavy snow of epic proportions expected to last into Thursday above 9,000 feet,” the government agency said in an advisory issued Sunday afternoon for the Vail area.

Three to six feet of snow are expected to fall above 9,000 feet by Thursday afternoon, with some areas getting 8 feet, the service said in its winter storm warning. The warning covers Vail, Aspen, Crested Butte and Telluride and lasts through Tuesday night. Snow is expected to be most intense from Sunday night until tonight.

The highest amounts of snow are expected in places other than Eagle County – the Elk and San Juan mountains and the Grand Mesa.

“If you reside in these areas, consider stocking up on needed supplies for the next days,” the warning said.

For areas between 8,000 and 9,000 feet, total snowfall of 1 to 3 feet is expected, with a mixture of rain and snow possible at times. The town of Vail is at 8,150 feet.

For areas between 7,000 and 8,000 feet, 6-12 inches are expected.

Travel over high mountain passes may be difficult or impossible, the agency advised.

Vail Mountain reported 8 more inches Sunday morning, bringing its season total to 160 inches.

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