Aspen in a deep freeze
December 3, 2009
ASPEN – Aspen found itself in the deep freeze Thursday after light snow fell Wednesday, leaving 4 inches atop Aspen Highlands and 3 inches at Aspen Mountain.
Snowmass and Buttermilk both reported 2 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Thursday morning. Only Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are currently open.
Conversation Thursday morning, however, wasn’t about the light coating of freshies – the first since before the slopes opened Thanksgiving Day – it was about the temperature – 5 below at 6:30 a.m. in town.
The frigid weather settled across much of Colorado. The National Weather Service reported that it was 13 below in Leadville at 7 a.m. It was 8 degrees in downtown Denver.
One of the warmer spots was Lamar, where the mercury hit 14.
Highs of 5 to 15 were forecast Thursday, with a 30 percent chance of snow, though skies remained clear by early afternoon. Lows of zero to 10 below were expected Thursday night with wind-chill readings of 3 to 13 below, according to the weather service.
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Friday’s forecast called for mostly sunny skies in the morning, and partly sunny skies in the afternoon, with highs of 10 to 20 and wind-chill readings of 1 to 11 below. Partly cloudy skies were expected Friday night, with lows of 5 below to 5 above.
On Saturday, the weather service was calling for mostly cloudy skies and highs of 15 to 25, with wind-chill readings of 3 to 13 below in the morning. A 20 percent chance of snow was predicted Saturday night, with lows of zero to 10 above.
Sunday brings a 40 percent chance of snow and highs of 10 to 20, according to the weather service. There’s a 30 percent chance of snow Sunday night and snow is likely Monday and Tuesday.