More snow for Aspen, Snowmass
Ryan Summerlin February 24, 2013
ASPEN – Aspen ski areas reported 6 inches of fresh snow Sunday morning, while Snowmass picked up 4 inches over the past 24 hours.
Over the past 48 hours, Aspen Mountain has received 8 inches of new snow, while Snowmass and Buttermilk have 7, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. Aspen Highlands picked up 5 inches over the two-day period.
Ski resorts around Colorado boasted fresh powder Sunday morning. Monarch Mountain, west of Salida, had a foot of new snow over the past 24 hours in its report – best in the state, while Silverton in southwest Colorado picked up 9 inches and Powderhorn, in far western Colorado, had 8.
Avalanche danger in the Aspen area is considerable, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, pegging the highest danger on north, northeast, east and southeast aspects near and above treeline. “So far this season, even modest loads have produced some scary avalanches. Do not let your guard down this weekend,” the center advised.
To the south and east of the Aspen zone, avalanche danger in the Sawatch Range is rated high.
The center issued an avalanche advisory for all mountain zones for the the weekend. It read: “Storm snow and periods of wind during the past week generated dangerous slabs, which are stressing the underlying snowpack. A number of close calls this week involving human-triggered avalanches illustrate the concern. Many of these slides occurred with few signs of instability. Deep snowpack instabilities are difficult to detect, but can result in large and dangerous avalanches if released.”
Go to https://avalanche.state.co.us for more information.
On the Front Range, a winter storm warning is in effect Sunday until 8 p.m. Denver airport officials said Saturday that dozens of flights were canceled ahead of a snowstorm expected to dump nearly a foot of snow in the area.
Denver International Airport said Saturday that airlines reported about 80 cancellations for flights arriving or leaving before noon Sunday. Heavy snow and high wind gusts were expected in Denver and northeastern Colorado starting Saturday night. Cancellations of flights in and out of Aspen were also listed Sunday at the airport’s website – www.aspenairport.com.
Meteorologists said as much as 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall in greater Denver, accompanied by gusts of 25 mph west of I-25 and up to 40 mph east of the interstate. A blizzard watch was issued for much of the eastern plains.
For the latest on road conditions around the state, go to www.cotrip.org.