Snowy pattern to rock Aspen and Snowmass on Thursday and Friday
February 1, 2014
Powder junkies might soon be rejoicing in the streets and on the slopes.
From now through Friday, the Aspen-Snowmass area should receive intermittent bouts of snow that could bring up to 2 feet of the fresh stuff to the ski areas by early Saturday, according to forecasters for both the National Weather Service and AspenWeather.net. The 48-hour-plus storm pattern is expected to put Monday night's 2 inches to shame.
Light snow started hitting the streets of downtown Aspen about 4 p.m. Wednesday, moving in a flow from the northwest. The snow is predicted to get heavier overnight, resulting in 2 to 4 inches in the city of Aspen and 3 to 6 inches at the ski areas by early this morning.
And then the fun is really supposed to begin.
Travis Booth, a National Weather Service forecaster in Grand Junction, predicts that 12 to 14 inches of snow will fall on Aspen's streets today and Friday, with the system weakening Friday evening.
"It could be heavy at times," he said. "For the mountains around you, we're going with 10 to 20 inches with some isolated totals to 30 inches. That's how it looks at the moment."
Light snow showers might follow that system into the weekend and early next week, but nothing significant, Booth said Wednesday afternoon.
Cory Gates, at AspenWeather.net, is calling for much the same: 17 to 25 inches at the ski areas before dawn Saturday.
"This is a nice dumping and if it comes true, y'all will have lots of 'fresh' to play in," he reported on the website, adding that his confidence level was high.
Little snow was expected Wednesday evening, according to Gates. He expected the heavier snowfall to start in the wee hours of this morning.
The daytime hours today have "a ton of potential," he said. "Moral of the story, a snowy day at the resorts with a wetter snow in the valleys. The snow probably begins to diminish later at night."
The daytime and early-evening hours today should bring 9 to 13 inches to the ski areas and 6 to 9 inches in town, Gates said.
Both forecasters predicted more of the same Friday.
Booth said the daytime hours today and Friday won't be terribly cold. He calls for highs in the mid-20s or low 30s in Aspen. Saturday morning will be cold, with a predicted low of about 10 degrees, which is normal for the time of year, he said.