Winter weather advisory Oct. 4-6 for Vail-area mountains; 4-10 inches of snow possible |

Winter weather advisory Oct. 4-6 for Vail-area mountains; 4-10 inches of snow possible

Vail Daily staff report

Winter storm watches (blue) and winter weather advisories (purple) in effect for Colorado’s high country this weekend. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)

A prolonged storm system will bring snow, and hopefully lots of it, to the Vail-area mountains this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Gore and Elk mountain ranges from 6 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Monday. Total accumulations of 4 to 10 inches of snow are possible, with localized totals potentially reaching 12 inches.

Temperatures will be a key factor in how much snow falls, and where. According to the Weather Service, the revised advisory is for locations 8,500 feet in elevation or higher. The town of Vail sits just above 8,000 feet. Avon is at 7,400 feet.

Saturday’s forecast high temperature for Vail is 49 degrees, with rain possible. The overnight low Saturday will hover around freezing. Sunday’s high temperature in town will hit 44 degrees, with an overnight low of 29 degrees.

A chance of rain and snow will persist into the middle of next week, with daytime highs in the mid-40s and overnight lows in the low to mid-20s.

A winter weather advisory means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties and limited visibility. Like Vail Daily on Facebook for weather and road conditions updates, and keep an eye on local webcams here.

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