Aspen forecast: yup, more snow
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Aspen is still digging out from the latest storm to punch western Colorado, but another one is on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Powder-weary legs need to be ready to hit the slopes by Friday.
A snow and blowing snow advisory is in effect for the Elk Mountains, including Aspen and Snowmass, on Wednesday, and a winter storm watch will be in effect on Thursday, according to the weather service office in Grand Junction.
The agency’s forecast for Aspen, as of mid-morning on Wednesday, called for 2 to 4 inches of snow yet today, with southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph in the afternoon, producing areas of blowing snow.
There’s a chance of snow after midnight Wednesday, with possible accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. Thursday’s forecast calls for more snow, again with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, highs in the 20s and west winds of 15 to 25 mph.
The weather service is calling for the biggest snowfall out of the latest weather system on Thursday night, with blowing snow and accumulations of 6 to 12 inches. Another 1 to 3 inches is forecast on Friday, with highs of 15 to 25 and west winds of 15 to 25 mph.
The weekend forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and highs of 25 to 35, along with cold overnight temperatures and subzero windchills.
In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, a slight chance of snow is forecast Wednesday and Thursday from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible Thursday night, according to the weather service.
For the record, Snowmass picked up the most snow of any local ski area ” 21 inches ” from the storm that moved into Colorado Sunday afternoon. The snowfall finally petered out early Tuesday.
According to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s daily, morning snow reports, Snowmass was boasting 9 inches of fresh snow on Monday morning, another 11 inches on Tuesday and 1 inch on Wednesday. Each measurement covers the proceding 24-hour period.
Aspen Highlands had 6 inches on Monday morning, another 11 inches on Tuesday morning and 1 inch on Wednesday morning. Aspen Mountain reported 5 inches on Monday, 10 inches on Tuesday and 1 inch on Wednesday, according to the Skico.
Buttermilk had 5 inches by Monday morning, 8 more inches on Tuesday and 1 inch on Wednesday.
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