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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 until 6 a.m. Monday. The National Weather Service is predicting another 9 inches of snow and windy conditions for the area.

Up to 8 inches of new snow has fallen on local ski slopes over the past two days.

The avalanche danger is high in the Aspen-area backcountry on north- to east- to south-facing slopes above treeline, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The danger is considerable on all other aspects and at other elevations.

New snow, strong winds and a weak, old snowpack have combined to make natural and human-triggered avalanches likely on the aspects where the danger rating is high, according to the CAIC. Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php for the center’s statewide report.

The weather service is calling for 3 to 5 inches Sunday, with highs in the 20s and west winds of 10 to 20 mph, gusting to around 35 mph. Snow is likely in the evening and again after midnight, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.

Monday’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow and highs in the 20s. A chance of snow remains in the forecast until Friday, when the weather service is predicting mostly sunny skies.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 5 inches of new snow at Aspen Mountain over the past 24 hours in its Sunday morning report and 8 inches over the past 48 hours. Aspen Highlands had 6 and 7 inches, respectively. Snowmass reported 4 inches in the past 24 hours and 7 inches over the past 48. Buttermilk had 3 and 7 inches, respectively.

Around the state, Telluride reported 11 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours in its Sunday morning report. Vail and Monarch Mountain reported 9 inches. Steamboat picked up 8 inches, as did Crested Butte, and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs had 6. Other resorts reported between 1 and 6 inches of new snow.


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