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Aspen under snow advisory

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Snowmass and Aspen were sporting 2 inches of new snow at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, but they could have 8 inches or so before it’s all over.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk picked up 1 inch overnight, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s morning report.

A snow advisory for the central mountains of western Colorado, including those surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Periods of snow are forecast throughout the day, with total accumulations of 4 to 8 inches by late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.



Winds gusting to 25 mph will cause blowing snow and reduced visibility, which could make travel difficult, according to the weather service.

The heaviest snow is likely near the Continental Divide, the weather service said, and Highway 6 over Loveland Pass, which crosses the Divide, had chain laws in effect for commercial vehicles on Thursday morning. Chain restrictions for commercial vehicles were also in effect on eastbound Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel and in both directions at Vail Pass. Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated, statewide road conditions.




Around the state on Thursday morning, most ski resorts were reporting 2 or 3 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, though Steamboat, Beaver Creek and Winter Park had 4 inches.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Thursday, April 3:

The avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is considerable on N-E-S aspects near and above treeline. Elsewhere the danger is moderate.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.


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