Colorado peaks see snow
Ryan Summerlin September 12, 2012
A storm could bring up to 10 inches to some of Colorado’s central and southern mountains Wednesday. Meanwhile, the peaks around Aspen saw their first trace of snow Tuesday night.
After mostly overcast skies Wednesday, Aspen’s forecast calls for a pleasant day Thursday with sunny to partly cloudy skies and mostly sunny skies on Friday. Rain Tuesday night in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley produced a hint of snow on the high peaks even as the fall colors pick up steam.
The Aspen Skiing Co. sent out an email blast Wednesday morning declaring “First snow in Aspen!” The attached photo showed a bit of snow on the Maroon Bells, peeking through heavy cloud cover, with aspens beginning to turn gold at the base of the famous peaks.
Elsewhere in Colorado, the National Weather Service said snow could be heavy in the eastern Sawatch mountains and western Mosquito Range above 11,000 feet through Wednesday night but no accumulation reports were immediately available. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday.
To the east, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway reported that one or two inches of snow had fallen on the 14,011-foot peak near Colorado Springs.
In the city and other parts of the state, the precipitation fell as rain, raising the possibility of flooding in the area burned by the Waldo Canyon fire. That blaze destroyed 346 homes and killed two people and left the ground vulnerable to erosion but no serious flooding has been reported.
The moisture and cooler temperatures that accompanied the store were a welcome change after the hottest summer on record in Colorado and a busy wildfire season.