Aspen blasted by snow, cold
December 15, 2008
ASPEN ” A wintery blast dumped about 2 feet of snow on the slopes of Aspen and Snowmass before brutally cold temperatures moved in Sunday night. Next: more snow.
The overnight low in Aspen on Sunday night was 16 below, according to the National Weather Service, and highs of only 10 to 20 are forecast on Monday. Temperatures should warm slightly by Tuesday, though, as another winter storm pushes into Colorado from the southwest.
Snow is expected to develop in the Aspen area by Monday afternoon, according to the weather service.
Heavy snow is possible in the Colorado mountains Monday night, particularly in the southwest part of the state, said the weather service. A series of disturbances will follow, bringing the potential for daily snowfall at least through Thursday, forecasters said.
In Aspen, the weather service is calling for an inch of snow Monday afternoon and another 3 to 5 inches Monday night, with southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, gusting to around 30 mph.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for another 3 to 5 inches and highs of 15 to 25; Tuesday night will bring yet another 2 to 4 inches and lows of zero to 10 above, according to the weather service.
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Snow is also likely on Wednesday; accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are forecast.
Local ski slopes reported an inch or two of new snow over the past 24 hours on Monday morning, but on Sunday morning, the Aspen Skiing Co. reported 23 inches of new snow at Aspen Highlands. It fell over the prior 48 hours, thanks to a storm that barreled into the area Friday night. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass both reported 20 inches of new snow over the same 48-hour period.