Aspen gets some snow, bitter cold
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Predictions for up to a foot of new snow in Aspen with the latest snowstorm to sweep through Colorado sort of fizzled, though the resort remains on track for one of its snowiest Decembers on record (see related story in News).
Local slopes picked up 5 to 6 inches Wednesday and Thursday, faring as well or better than most ski resorts around Colorado. The Grand Mesa and San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado received the biggest dumping from the latest in a series of Pacific storms, which swept into the state on Wednesday.
Powderhorn, perched on the edge of the Grand Mesa outside Grand Junction, picked up close to a foot of snow. Silverton Mountain in the San Juans reported 9 inches on Thursday afternoon, but Telluride, also in the San Juans, received just 3 inches over the past 48 hours, according to its Friday morning snow report.
All four local mountains ” Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ” reported 2 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Friday morning.
Elsewhere, Vail picked up 5 inches over the past two days, Steamboat, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain all reported 3 inches, Crested Butte got 2 inches and Arapahoe Basin got an inch.
Friday dawned sunny and cold ” very cold ” in Aspen, with a wind chill of 25 below zero. The day’s high temperatures will be zero to 10 above, according to the National Weather Service.
Similarly frigid morning wind chills are forecast through the weekend, with highs creeping into the 10- to 20-degree range on Saturday and Sunday.
A chance of snow remains in the forecast through the weekend. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches on Saturday and 4 to 7 inches on Sunday are possible, according to the weather service.
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