Aspen under winter storm warning
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A winter storm warning is in effect for the central mountains of Colorado, including the Aspen area, where up to 6 inches of new snow was reported at midday Friday. On Interstate 70, snow and slick roads caused problems for motorists.
The National Weather Service is calling for total accumulations of 8 to 18 inches before the storm warning expires at midnight on Saturday.
In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, including Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, the storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. The weather service is calling for total accumulations of 5 to 10 inches in those areas.
Snow showers and thunderstorms are possible; snow is expected to become widespread by Friday evening and continue on Saturday, the weather service said. In addition, gusty winds will create areas of blowing and drifting snow. Ice and sleet are also possible, hampering travel, the weather service warned.
The storm was already causing problems on Interstate 70 in the mountains west of Denver on Friday morning.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation was reporting adverse conditions and accidents on portions of the interstate.
Westbound I-70 was closed at the Eisenhower Tunnel, as was the alternate route ” U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass. Eastbound I-70 at Vail Pass was also closed, and CDOT was reporting slow-moving traffic, backups and delays on the interstate between Silverthorne and Copper Mountain. The interstate was back open by about noon, though Loveland Pass remained closed.
Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated statewide road conditions.
On local slopes, the Aspen Skiing Co. reported 2 inches of new snow shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, but snow began falling heavily at times later in the morning.
Shortly before noon, the Skico reported 6 inches of new snow over the prior 24 hours at both Snowmass and Buttermilk, 5 1/2 inches at Aspen Highlands and 5 inches at Aspen Mountain.
The weather service forecast for Aspen calls for 2 to 5 inches of snow on Friday, 4 to 8 inches Friday night, another 4 to 7 inches on Saturday and 1 to 3 inches Saturday night. Partly sunny skies and a 30 percent chance of snow are expected Sunday.
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