Aspen under storm advisory |

Aspen under storm advisory

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen enjoyed a third straight day of temperate weather most of Wednesday, but snow is expected to move back into the mountains Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the Natural Weather Service.

Aspen is under a winter storm advisory from midnight Wednesday to midnight Thursday, and the weather service is predicting 5 to 10 inches of new snow. Southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph will gust to 45 mph, especially above treeline, the weather service said.

Conditions turned blustery and the skies spit snow in Aspen late Wednesday afternoon, as the system approached.

A blizzard warning has been issued for southwest Colorado, including Telluride, as well as Crested Butte, to the south of Aspen. Snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are expected, but drifts of 2 to 4 feet are possible, according to the weather service. Wind gusts as high as 75 mph are possible in those areas.

In Aspen, a chance of snow remains in the forecast through Sunday, but no return to the deep freeze is forecast. Rather, the weather service is predicting a high of about 45 on Friday, 41 on Saturday and 35 on Sunday. Partly sunny skies are predicted on Monday, which is President’s Day.

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