Aspen forecast: snow, then dry |

Aspen forecast: snow, then dry

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s long-range forecast for western Colorado doesn’t bode well for powder fans in Aspen.

In the short term, though, clouds and a chance of snow move into Aspen’s weather picture starting Wednesday. Mostly cloudy skies and a probability of snow in the 30 to 60 percent range, depending on the day, constitute the forecast through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction. Highs of 25 to 35 are expected daily.

In late February and early March, however, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-normal temperatures in western Colorado and below-normal precipitation.

After record snows at Snowmass in December and January, and near-record snowfall on Aspen Mountain, February may feel as though it pales by comparison, though the Aspen Skiing Co. reported new snow in its daily, morning report on 13 days between Feb. 1 and Feb. 19.

On six of those days, at least one of the four local ski areas received 6 inches of new snow or more in a 24-hour period, according to the Skico.

Go to for the latest long-range outlook from the Climate Prediction Center.

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