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Aspen, Snowmass pick up 13 inches

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Mountain and Snowmass both reported 13 inches of new snow early Sunday, while Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands picked up an even foot from the storm that swept into Colorado late Saturday.

Rain turned to snow, creating a wet base at lower elevations, and it was a balmy 25 degrees in Aspen at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. More flakes are possible yet Sunday morning before the snow tapers off, according to forecasters.

Downvalley, Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs reported 15 inches of new snow Sunday morning.

Elsewhere around Colorado, Crested Butte also had 15 inches, Telluride reported 16 inches and Vail picked up 9 inches. Steamboat reported 7 inches and Winter Park had 5 inches.

The new snow bumped up the avalanche danger in the Aspen area to high on some aspects, and an avalanche warning is in effect through Monday at noon.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has this to say in its Aspen zone report: “Natural and human-triggered avalanches are very likely. Be very cautious near or below any slope over 30 degrees. You will be able to easily trigger avalanches on most aspects and elevations. Triggering avalanches from distances of 100 feet away or greater is likely. The largest avalanches will occur on slopes facing north through east to southeast near and above treeline. Widespread but smaller avalanches are likely on all other slopes.”

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php for more avalanche information.


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