ASPEN - Snowmass picked up 7 inches of new snow with the storm that hit the local mountains before daybreak Friday, while Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk reported 5 inches. Aspen Highlands picked up 4 inches.
Settling in behind the snow was cold. Forecasters at aspenweather.net say Aspen will be lucky to hit 10 degrees Saturday, where Wintersköl revelers will need to bundle up for the festivities. It was 8 below shortly after 7 a.m. Only light snowfall possibilities exist for the next few days; frigid temperatures will be the norm, says aspenweather.
Southwest Colorado received the brunt of the snow. Wolf Creek reported 14 inches over a 48-hour period and Durango Mountain Resort picked up 11 inches. Silverton reported 8 inches. Elsewhere around the state, resort snowfall totals ranged from 2 or 3 inches on the low end to 6 or 7 inches on the high side. Vail reported 4 inches.
Avalanche danger in the Aspen area is considerable on northwest to north, to east and southeast aspects near and above treeline and moderate elsewhere, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.