Aspen forecast: Rain, snow up high |

Aspen forecast: Rain, snow up high

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesSpring is in full bloom in Aspen, but the Memorial Day weekend forecast calls for cloudy skies, rain and a chance of snow in the high country.

ASPEN ” Aspen’s holiday weekend forecast calls for possible overnight snow in the high country and plenty of clouds and rain through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Independence Pass east of Aspen opened to vehicle traffic Thursday afternoon and by late in the day, travelers were reporting new snow falling on its upper reaches.

Thunderstorms and snow are possible over the high mountains Friday night, as well, according to the forecast. Slushy snow is possible over mountain passes, with a snow level of 10,000 feet. Lows will be in the 30s, according to the weather service.

Saturday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies in Aspen, rain or snow showers in the morning and rain and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of an inch or so is possible as low as 9,500 feet, with highs of 45 to 55. More rain and snow showers are expected Saturday night, with lows in the 30s.

On Sunday, the weather service is calling for mostly cloudy skies, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and highs of 55 to 65. Rain is forecast Sunday night with lows of 35 to 45.

On Monday, Memorial Day, mostly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected, with highs of 55 to 65.

The forecast for the lower valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, is much the same, but with slightly warmer temperatures. Highs of 65 to 75 are expected Saturday and Sunday, and in the 70s on Monday.

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