Aspen could see heavy snow |

Aspen could see heavy snow

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A spring snowstorm could leave more than a foot of snow in parts of western Colorado, including Aspen, by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

A heavy snow warning is in effect for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass and other parts of western Colorado until 6 a.m. on Friday. The weather service is predicting total accumulations of 8 to 16 inches.

Snow showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible and snow, especially near thunderstorms, could be heavy at times, the weather service warned. In addition, west to northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, with some higher gusts, could result in blowng snow.

Aspenites awoke to perhaps 3 inches of new, wet snow in town on Thursday morning. By late morning, skies were brightening, despite the forecast for continued snow.

Thursday morning’s snow forced authorities to close westbound Interstate 70 on Floyd Hill just west of Denver for about 90 minutes because of a rash of minor accidents blamed on the weather.

State Patrol Master Trooper Ron Watkins described the accidents as fender-benders or vehicles sliding off the roadway. Watkins said he’s not sure how many vehicles were involved, but no injuries were reported.

Watkins said up to 40 cars were involved in minor accidents on U.S. 36 near Lyons, 30 miles northwest of Denver. No injuries were reported there, either.

Loveland ski area, one of about three Colorado resorts still open, reported 6 inches.

In Aspen, partly sunny skies, with a chance of snow or rain showers in the afternoon, are back in the forecast for the weekend. Highs in the 40s are expected Saturday; highs of 45 to 55 are forecast on Sunday.

The lower Roaring Fork Valley also received snow on Wednesday night and a few more inches are possible in Carbondale and Glenwood by Friday morning, according to the weather service. Partly sunny skies are forecast Saturday in the lower valley, with highs in the 60s. On Sunday, the forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and highs in the 60s.

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