Aspen still waiting for big snow |

Aspen still waiting for big snow

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesA robin, harbinger of spring, watches as winter returns to downtown Aspen Monday.

ASPEN ” A winter storm warning for parts of the Colorado Rockies, including the Aspen area, has been extended to 6 a.m. Tuesday, but only a few inches of new snow had materialized on local ski slopes by Monday morning.

The National Weather Service continues to call for heavy snow in the Colorado mountains, and rain or rain mixed with snow in the valleys, along with strong winds at higher altitudes that will result in blowing and drifting snow. Eight to 16 inches of new snow are possible by Tuesday morning, according to the weather service.

The storm warning was initially set to expire Monday at 6 p.m., but it has been extended to early Tuesday, as snow is now expected to continue through Monday night, the weather service said.

High winds ushered in the weather system on Sunday, stirring up dust out of the Southwest that coated Aspen ski slopes with a layer of brown grit. The brown was visible where ever ski tracks cut through the snowy overcoat early Monday and where grooming machines churned up the snow.

Aspen Mountain reported 4 inches of new snow on Monday morning; Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass all reported 3 inches. Most resorts around the state were reporting from 2 to 5 inches of new snow.

For Aspen, the weather service is predicting 4 to 7 inches on Monday, another 2 to 4 inches Monday night and a 60 percent chance of snow Tuesday with accumulations of about 1 inch. Highs of 25 to 35 are expected Monday and Tuesday, along with west winds of 10 to 15 mph both days.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow and highs in the 30s. Moderate snow accumulations are forecast on Wednesday night, and snow is likely Thursday with highs in the 20s, according to the weather service. Snow remains in the forecast Thursday night and Friday.

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