Aspen, Snowmass remain in winter weather advisory through Monday
Unsettled weather pattern could bring snow to area through the week
Aspen and Pitkin County remain in a weather advisory, as snow is expected on and off into Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
The winter weather advisory for the northern and central Colorado mountains runs until 8 p.m. Monday, and travel is expected to be difficult at times over mountain passes, including Vail Pass and the Interstate 70 corridor.
“Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts,” are in the forecast, an update Sunday afternoon stated. “Winds gusting 35 to 50 mph near and above treeline creating areas of blowing and drifting snow.”
The weather service said Sunday a stronger system is expected to move in overnight Sunday and will bring widespread shower activity to much of the area.
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“The northern and central mountains of Colorado are still forecast to receive the highest amounts of snow,” the NWS update states. “However, all mountain and some lower elevation roadways will be impacted by new snowfall and travel conditions are likely to be compromised.”
Flights were delayed Saturday getting into and leaving the Aspen Airport, but Sunday’s schedule didn’t see many changes, as the Saturday storm cleared out overnight.
The forecasted highs for Aspen are not expected to get above 30 degrees on Sunday and Monday, with overnight lows in the teens.
Along with the winter weather advisory, the flood advisory issued Friday for the Roaring Fork River from Snowmass Canyon through El Jebel is still in effect until Sunday afternoon. Officials are concerned that ice jams could form and break over the weekend.
“Local temperatures and conditions will increase the potential for ice jam releases through tomorrow,” said the Saturday update to the flood advisory.
The forecast for Sunday through the week calls for “cooler and wetter than normal conditions … as a series of passing storms keeps the weather unsettled into the middle of next week.”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
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