Aspen forecast: Sun out, snow in |

Aspen forecast: Sun out, snow in

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” After a week of sunshine to kick off February in Aspen, a series of Pacific storms will bring snow to the Colorado mountains this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Aspen will see its best shot at snow accumulations on Sunday, while rain is likely in the lower valleys as the system moves into the state Friday, the weather service said.

Aspen’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies Thursday night, and a 50 percent chance of snow on Friday, Friday night and Saturday, with daytime highs of 25 to 35, according to the weather service.

On Sunday, snow is likely, with “moderate” accumulations and highs in the 20s, the weather service said.

Much colder weather is expected to move in Sunday night and Monday, with lows of zero to 10 above Sunday night and highs Monday of 15 to 24. Wind-chill readings of 10 below to zero are forecast. A 40 percent chance of snow remains in the forecast on Sunday night and Monday.

After a December that matched last winter’s bounty, Aspen’s ski slopes didn’t receive nearly as much powder in January as the same month last year.

The Aspen Skiing Co.’s records showed 73 inches of snow fell at the top of Snowmass in January compared to a whopping 95 inches in January 2008.

At Aspen Mountain, 58 inches fell in January compared to 82 last year. Aspen Highlands received 61 inches in January compared to 75 last year.

Buttermilk got 48 inches for the month this year compared to 59 inches in January 2008. Nevertheless, the snow fell at the right time ” when big crowds were watching the Winter X Games on ESPN.

All measurements were at the mountaintops.

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