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A taste of spring

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Winter took a break in Aspen Saturday, giving skiers and riders a taste of spring skiing on the slopes. It won’t last too long.

In town, the huge mountains of snow gave a hint of things to come ” huge puddles ” as the temperatures inched into the take-your-hat-off range under blue skies and sunshine. The National Weather Service recorded a high of 35 degrees in Aspen on Saturday, but thermometers in the sunshine put the mercury in the 40s.

Sunday’s forecast calls for another day of sunshine, with highs of 25 to 35 and west winds of 10 to 15 mph.

Monday brings a 70 percent chance of snow back to the forecast, with highs of 25 to 35 degrees and accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, according to the weather service. Tuesday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with highs of 25 to 35 degrees and morning wind-chill readings of 3 to 13 below. More snow is possible on Wednesday.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on area slopes in the past 24 hours with its Sunday morning snow report.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report on Sunday, Feb. 10:

Avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is rated an overall considerable today. Natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered ones probable on all slopes at this time. If triggered these avalanches have the potential to be large and very destructive. Now is not the time to tackle steeper terrain or big lines. Save those for a day with better stability.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on statewide conditions.


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