White Christmas likely in Aspen
December 22, 2008
ASPEN ” A Pacific storm poised to dump yet more snow on western Colorado could leave Aspen and Snowmass with as much as 2 feet of new snow by late Tuesday. And, the resort should enjoy a white Christmas.
A winter storm warning, calling for heavy snow and blowing snow, is in effect until Tuesday at midnight, according to the National Weather Service. The warning covers a swath of the Colorado mountains, including the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass.
The weather service is predicting up to 3 feet of snow in parts of Colorado, but lesser amounts in the central mountains, including Aspen.
In town, Aspen will see 2 to 4 inches of new snow on Monday, with highs in the 20s and southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, followed by another 4 to 7 inches Monday night, with lows of zero to 10 above and wind gusts of up to 40 mph, according to the weather service.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with highs of 15 to 25 and northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night will bring another 2 to 4 inches of snow, with lows of 5 below to 5 above.
A 30 percent chance of snow is forecast Wednesday, with highs of 10 to 20 and wind-chill readings of 7 to 17 below in the morning. Snow is likely Wednesday night and Christmas Day (Thursday), as well, according to the weather service.
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In the lower valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, snow is likely Monday afternoon through Tuesday night, with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches, according to the weather service. There is also a chance of snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Aspen Mountain and Snowmass were among a handfull of resorts in the state to report an inch of new snow on Monday morning. Highlands and Buttermilk both posted zero snowfall for the past 24 hours, as of 5:30 a.m.
Elsewhere around the Colorado, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek both recorded two inches of new snow ” tops in state.