Aspen, Snowmass hit snow jackpot
December 9, 2008
ASPEN ” Snowmass reported a bountiful 17 inches of new snow Tuesday morning, while Aspen Mountain picked up 9 inches from a snowstorm that blew through Monday night.
The local snowfall totals were among the more impressive around the state on Tuesday morning, though Silverton Mountain in southwestern Colorado picked up 18.50 inches. Telluride reported 14 inches over the past 24 hours and 17 inches over the past 48.
Crested Butte reported 3 inches, Copper Mountain picked up 2 and Loveland was reporting 1 inch on Tuesday morning. Vail was reporting 3 inches and Beaver Creek picked up 5 inches. On the Front Range, Boulder got 9 inches of snow on Monday and 5.6 inches fell in Denver, according to The Associated Press.
Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs, forced to delay last Friday’s scheduled opening, announced Tuesday it has enough snow to open this week ” on Friday, Dec. 12. The top of the mountain has an 18-inch base and the base area has 12 inches of snow, resort officials reported.
Winter storm warnings and weather advisories for the central and southern mountains of western Colorado extend until noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.
In Aspen, the weather service is calling for another 1 to 3 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon, before partly sunny skies move in by Wednesday. Mostly cloudy skies are expected Thursday with a 30 percent chance of snow.
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Monday’s storm left roads icy and snow-packed in the Colorado mountains and along the Front Range, but no major highways were closed, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Chain laws for commercial vehicles were in effect Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 at Vail Pass.
Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton is closed due to adverse conditions, according to CDOT’s website, http://www.cotrip.org.