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Aspen part of winter storm warning issued for all day Thursday, NWS says

Staff reports

A winter storm is expected to continue in the Colorado mountains all day Thursday and predictions are from 8 to 20 inches of snow by midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS in Grand Junction has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing winds until midnight, and it includes Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Vail and much of the northern and central mountains.

According to the warning: “Heavy snow and blowing snow is expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches, with localized amounts up to 20 inches, are expected.”

Expect snow, blowing snow and winds gusting as high as 55 mph.

Snow started in Aspen just after 11 p.m. Wednesday and picked up overnight.

An avalanche watch is also in effect for the rest of the week for the Colorado mountains, including the Elk and West Elk mountains.

According to the NWS, backcountry users “should avoid traveling on or underneath any slope steeper than 30 degrees during the watch period. Pay attention to changing conditions and a rapidly increasing danger over the next 24 hours.”