Aspen under winter storm warning |

Aspen under winter storm warning

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” Yet another winter storm is bearing down on the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, according to the National Weather Service, though recent storm predictions have pretty much fizzled locally.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Elk Mountains from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are forecast, with westerly winds gusting to 25 to 35 mph, which will create blowing and drifting snow and could make travel hazardous, according to the weather service.

The detailed forecast for Aspen calls for snow after midnight on Monday, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation. Another 4 to 7 inches is possible Tuesday with highs in the 20s, according to the weather service. Tuesday night’s forecast calls for snow, with 3 to 5 inches and lows of zero to 10 above, followed by another 1 to 3 inches of snow Wednesday with highs in the 20s.

Partly sunny skies are forecast on Thursday, with a 20 percent chance of snow and highs in the 20s. Mostly sunny skies are expected by Saturday, with highs of 35 to 45.

The last two big storms that were expected to move through western Colorado last week both produced less than the predicted snowfall in Aspen. Over the past seven days, however, the Aspen Skiing Co. has reported a foot of new snow at Aspen Highlands, 11 inches on Aspen Mountain, 10 inches at Snowmass and 8 at Buttermilk.

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