Aspen sees only light snow; another storm moving in
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Aspen will have to hope for more impressive snowfall totals later in the week, after collecting 1 to 3 inches out of a weather system Tuesday that favored the southwest mountains of Colorado.
The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of snow Wednesday night and Thursday, but the best chance for accumulations come Thursday night and Friday. The weather service is predicting 2 to 4 inches on Thursday night, with lows of 10 to 20 degrees, and another 2 to 4 inches on Friday, with highs of 25 to 35 and gusty winds.
Snow is likely Friday night and Saturday, as well, and a 50 percent chance for snow remains in the forecast for Aspen on Sunday, according to the weather service.
In southwest Colorado, snow was predicted to continue Wednesday before tapering off by evening, and a new storm is expected to pound the region Thursday and Friday, the weather service said.
Snowfall in Aspen and Snowmass has been scant since late December and locals have been crossing their fingers this week. The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 3 inches of new snow at Snowmass early Wednesday, while Aspen Highlands picked up 2 inches over the past 24 hours, according to the morning report. Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk both picked up an inch. Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs had 2.5 inches.
Snowfall reports around the state varied widely, with resorts in the southwest enjoying the biggest dumps. Wolf Creek reported 10 inches over the past 24 hours on Wednesday morning, and Durango Mountain Resort had 13 inches. Silverton boasted 8 inches. Telluride reported 4 inches of new snow.
Powderhorn in far western Colorado picked up 8.5 inches, but most resorts elsewhere around the state were reporting 1 to 3 inches, though Vail and Beaver Creek both reported 5 inches of new snow early Wednesday morning.
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