Aspen boasting fresh snowfall |

Aspen boasting fresh snowfall

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesWith snow falling lightly in Aspen, skiers and boarders line up for a gondola ride up Aspen Mountain shortly before the lifts open Friday.

ASPEN Six inches of new snow greeted skiers and snowboarders making their way up Aspen Mountain first thing Friday morning, and up to another 10 inches may fall before it subsides.Snowmass was reporting 5 inches over the past 24 hours on Friday morning, as Day 2 of the local ski season got under way.Snow began falling steadily Thursday night in town and continued to fall lightly on Friday morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Aspen/Snowmass area, as well as Vail and Crested Butte, until 6 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.Snow accumulations could be greatest on north-facing slopes, according to the weather service, and 5 to 10 inches could pile up on Friday, the agency said in its morning update. The forecast also calls for a 50 percent chance of snow in the Aspen area on Saturday and a 30 percent chance on Sunday. Highs in the 20s are expected.Initially, the weather service predicted a Thanksgiving Day winter storm would track to the south, delivering its biggest punch in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. It appears the central mountains, including Aspen and Snowmass, are picking up a fair share of the snow, as well.In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, snow on Friday morning is likely to turn to rain by afternoon, according to the weather service. The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow Friday night and a 20 percent chance for snow on Saturday. Mostly cloudy skies are expected Sunday. Weekend highs will hover in the 30s, the weather service said.

Around the stateA winter storm warning that had been in effect for parts of southwest Colorado has been canceled, but the Telluride area could still see 6 to 12 inches of snow on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.Telluride was reporting 4 inches of new snow on the slopes Friday morning, but Wolf Creek Ski Area, also in southwest Colorado, picked up 13 inches in the past 24 hours.Elsewhere around the state, Beaver Creek reported 4 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Friday morning, Crested Butte reported 3 inches, and Vail and Arapahoe Basin picked up 2 inches.On Interstate 70, Colorados main east-west thoroughfare through the mountains, chain laws were in effect for commercial vehicles Friday morning in both directions at Vail Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel.

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