Aspen under storm warning |

Aspen under storm warning

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass starting Wednesday night. Snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy snow and gusty winds could hamper visibility Wednesday night and Thursday, the weather service warned. Travel over mountain passes could be hazardous. Snow is expected across much of western Colorado; the storm warning is in effect from midnight Wednesday to 6 a.m. Friday.

This storm comes on the heels of one late last week that left 8 to 10 inches of new snow on Aspen-area ski slopes by Saturday morning. Snowmass picked up 14 inches before it was all over.

The weather service is calling for rain and snow showers late Wednesday before the precipitation turns to snow overnight at about 8,000 feet. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are forecast, with southwest winds gusting to around 35 mph.

Thursday’s forecast calls for an additional 4 to 8 inches of snow with highs in the 30s, gusty winds and blowing snow in the afternoon. Snow showers are expected to continue Thursday night, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and lows of 10 to 20.

Friday’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of snow, with highs of 25 to 35. A 20 percent chance of snow remains in the forecast Friday night, with lows of 10 to 20. Partly sunny skies and highs in the 40s are expected Saturday, according to the weather service.

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