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January 27, 2013
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Much-needed snow forecast for Colorado mountains

DENVER - Weather forecasters say much-needed snow is expected to fall in parts of Colorado's high country through Tuesday.

The San Juan mountains in southwest Colorado are expected to get the most snowfall, with accumulations of up to 11 inches by Tuesday. National Weather Service forecaster Bob Koopmeiners told The Denver Post that Telluride would get the "lion's share" of the snow, but "we all need it. The state's in dire need of water."

Colorado's snowpack is about 50 to 60 percent of normal.

The Aspen area also could be looking at double-digit snow accumulations through Monday, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen from 6 a.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday and the weather service is predicting up to 16 inches of snow, while is forecasting 5 to 8 inches.

From around noon on Monday to Tuesday evening, snowfall along the Continental Divide could range from five to 12 inches, while Summit County ski areas could get between three and 10 inches, the weather service said.

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The Aspen Times Updated Jan 27, 2013 07:01PM Published Jan 27, 2013 06:54PM Copyright 2013 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.