Brief blizzard hits Aspen |

Brief blizzard hits Aspen

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Bus service to Snowmass Village, halted Thursday morning because of slick roads and multiple accidents, resumed shortly before 11:30 a.m. A chain law at Snowmass remained in effect.

Snow began falling heavily in Aspen and Snowmass at mid-morning, causing a rash of accidents in Snowmass, including one that forced temporary closure of Brush Creek Road. The road has reopened, according to authorities.

A flurry of accidents elsewhere in the upper valley have also kept authorities busy. An intense snow squall reduced visibility and quickly made for slick, snow-covered streets.

Various flights in and out of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Thursday morning were canceled, delayed or diverted.

After about an hour, the snowfall slacked off, but it apparently piled up quickly on the slopes. The Aspen Skiing Co. was reporting 2 inches of new snow at Aspen Highlands early Thursday. By 11:30 a.m., the Skico report indicated 8 inches over the past 24 hours at Highlands.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass until 6 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service is calling for 8 to 16 inches of new snow.

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