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Another storm heads for Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Snowmass picked up 3 inches of snow overnight, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Wednesday morning report. But more ” much more ” is on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, Aspen Mountain is sporting 2 inches of new fluff; Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk both got 1 inch overnight.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for 6 to 12 inches of new snow in the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, with higher amounts possible on northwest-facing slopes. Winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, with gusts reaching 50 mph, causing blowing and drifting snow.

A snow and blowing snow advisory remains in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday.

An avalanche warning for the mountains surrounding Aspen has expired, but the danger remains high on all elevations and at all aspects, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Says the CAIC report for Wednesday: “Both natural and human-triggered avalanches remain likely. You can expect avalanches on a variety of aspects, elevations and slope angles. Reel in that powder fever for a few more days till things settle down.

“Safest areas to travel right now are low-angle slopes well away from steeper terrain. Be very aware of the bigger slopes, even if they are thousands of feet above your location. Valley bottoms near the runouts of large avalanche paths are not the place for a picnic today.”


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