Aspen under new winter storm warning
October 24, 2010
ASPEN – The mountains surrounding Aspen are under a new winter storm warning, in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday to noon on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The high mountains could see 8 to 16 inches, with locally higher amounts.
A strong cold front is expected to sweep through western Colorado Sunday night, bringing a burst of heavy snowfall as temperatures plummet below freezing, the weather service said. The snow will continue through Monday evening.
In addition, strong westerly winds are forecast, with wind gusts exceeding 50 mph at times, especially over the high mountain passes.
Monday’s forecast for Aspen calls for rain and snow showers in the morning, becoming snow after noon with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. More snow is expected Monday night.
Highway 82 over Independence Pass, southeast of Aspen, remained open Sunday morning, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation website, http://www.cotrip.org, which continued to list the pass as open, weather permitting.
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On Saturday evening, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported snowy and icy roads near the summit of the pass, with drifting snow. Adequate snow tires or chairs are recommended, the sheriff’s office said.