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Another winter storm expected to hit Aspen, Snowmass area Monday

Staff reports

In this file photo, a Colorado Department of Transportation plow drops sand on top of a layer of magnesium chloride on Interstate 70 just west of the Eisenhower Tunnel. (Eric Drummond/Summit Daily)

If you plan to travel Monday as part of the holiday weekend, expect difficult driving conditions because of snow and high winds, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

The NWS Grand Junction office issued a winter weather advisory for areas including Aspen, Snowmass and Vail as well as the Gore and Elk mountains.

The advisory starts at 5 p.m. Sunday and lasts until 8 a.m. Tuesday, and the weather services said Sunday afternoon that the storm “is expected to develop late this evening and increase in intensity on Monday.”

Other parts of Colorado are under a winter storm warning, including Crested Butte, Telluride and Durango.

A look at the weather advisories around Colorado on Sunday.

The forecast calls for 4 to 8 inches of snow in the mountains and central mountain valleys, “with locally higher amounts especially near McClure Pass (near Marble).”

“Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause patchy, blowing and drifting snow. … Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities,” the advisory says.

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The Aspen-Snowmass ski slopes already have received more snow in February than they did in any of the earlier months this winter.

To get updated road conditions, call 5-1-1.