Aspen comes up short in new snow
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Winter returned to Aspen Tuesday after several days of rain. An inch of wet, new snow was reported on local slopes early Tuesday ” less than most other ski resorts around western Colorado.
However, a snow/blowing snow advisory remains in effect until noon, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow acculumations of 4 to 7 inches are possible Tuesday along with gusty winds, according to the weather service, though a few patches of blue sky were visible by about 8:30 a.m. in town.
A fast-moving storm brought heavy snow to the northern mountains of Colorado overnight and early Tuesday, where accumulations of 4 to 7 inches fell above 9,000 feet, according to the weather service.
Vail was reporting 5 inches of new snow Tuesday morning, Loveland had 7 inches, Arapahoe Basin got 6 inches and Keystone reported 5 inches, as did Steamboat Springs. Breckenridge picked up 4 inches, while Copper Mountain and Beaver Creek both reported 3 inches.
US Highway 6 over Loveland Pass was closed Tuesday morning because of adverse weather conditions, while chain laws were in effect for commercial vehicles and buses on Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel and on Vail Pass. Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated road conditions around the state.
The Aspen-area forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow showers Tuesday, followed by partly sunny skies Wednesday with highs in the 30s, and then another 1 to 3 inches of snow Wednesday night. A chance of snow is in the forecast Thursday, as well, and more snow is possible Friday.
Each day, though, rain showers or an isolated thunderstorm are also a possibility, according to the weather service.
Only Aspen Mountain and Snowmass remain open to give skiers and boarders a taste of the new snow; Sunday is closing day at the two ski areas. Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands have already closed.
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