Weekend forecast is wet, chilly | VailDaily.com

Weekend forecast is wet, chilly

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Mother Nature’s cruelty to the Vail Valley continues this week as she delivers wet, cold weather for the final week of the ski season – weather that many would have preferred last month, but not now.

Warm temperatures and sunny skies were bittersweet in March – the warm, spring weather was pleasant, however the dryness and warmth meant deteriorating mountain conditions for skiers and snowboarders.

Now, as the ski seasons at both Vail and Beaver Creek wrap up this weekend, the driest Colorado winter on record will finish off with a slap in the face – rain and/or snow, cold temperatures and cloudy skies.

The National Weather Service is calling for cooler temperatures Thursday through Tuesday. Beginning Saturday, there is a chance of snow in Eagle County, with possible snow-packed roads over area mountain passes.

“Early projections indicate light to moderate snow accumulations in the high country, but locally, heavy snow may occur on south-facing aspects of the southern and central mountains such as the San Juan Mountains,” the National Weather Service’s hazardous weather outlook message stated Wednesday.

Lightning in the area caused mountain crews to be on high alert Wednesday afternoon, causing chairlifts at both Vail and Beaver Creek to close down.

The weekend forecast begins with a 20 percent chance of snow showers Friday, with a high near 43 degrees. Saturday calls for a chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain and snow. The high is expected to be near 44 degrees.

Sunday, closing day, is forecasted to be cloudy with a chance of snow and a high near 40 degrees.

Assistant Managing Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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