Overnight snowstorm rolls through Aspen area, drops up to 7 inches at resorts, closes schools
The Aspen School District canceled classes for Monday because of the snowstorm that started late Sunday and dropped nearly a half-foot of snow at the resorts.
The district declared the snow day early Monday morning. The cancellation includes Aspen Community School and Aspen Country Day. The Wildwood School also is closed.
This is the second time in less than a month classes have been canceled. It happened on the first Friday of February after a major storm hit the mountains for three days.
According to the district policy: “When schools are closed all scheduled activities in the school building are canceled and sports events and practices are postponed.”
For more information on the district’s decision-making for snow days, go to www. Aspenk12.net.
The Aspen Skiing Co. reported from 3 to 7 inches of snow Monday morning at its four resorts, with Snowmass getting 7 inches, 6 at Highlands and 5 at Aspen Mountain.
For those traveling Monday, expect delays at the Aspen airport and along the mountain roads. Interstate 70 over Vail Pass and at the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels is getting hit with the same storm.
There was no advisory or watch issued by the National Weather Service for the Aspen and Pitkin County areas, but the service had predicted 1-3 inches of snow by the morning.
After Monday’s storm moves out, the rest of the week is supposed to be clear and warm with the high temperatures in Aspen in the low 40s and upper 50s through Friday.
“High pressure builds in bringing pleasant weather for much of the workweek,” according to the NWS outlook. “The next system looks to move in Saturday bringing another chance for precipitation over the weekend.”
Keep up with the conditions:
• Forecast and recent weather stories: aspentimes.com/news/weather.
• Local storm warnings and advisories: noaa.gov
• Aspen Snowmass ski area forecasts: aspensnowmass.com
• Road conditions, closures and traffic cameras: cotrip.org.
• Travel information by phone: 511 (in Colorado) or 303-639-1111.
• Avalanche danger and conditions: avalanche.state.co.us.
• Aspen airport flight information: aspenairport.com