Colorado mountains see snow; avalanche danger rises |

Colorado mountains see snow; avalanche danger rises

Aspen Times staff
and The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for southern Colorado after some mountain passes got up to 18 inches of snow.

The warning issued Monday includes the northern and southern San Juan mountains. New snow amounts in the last 24 hours include 14 inches at Red Mountain Pass, and 16 to 18 inches at Molas and Coal Bank passes.

In the Aspen area, where 2 to 3 inches of new snow was reported on local ski slopes Monday morning, the avalanche danger was rated considerable on most aspects.

While Snowmass reported 3 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, new accumulations measured 10 to 12 inches near Marble and Schofield Pass, in the southwest corner of the Aspen zone, according to the avalanche center.

The snow that swept into Colorado Sunday and dumped in the southern mountains also gave a boost to ski resorts there. Silverton Mountain in the San Juan mountains reported 19 inches of new snow Monday morning, while Wolf Creek picked up 14 inches and Purgatory (Durango) reported 13 inches. Eight inches fell at Telluride.

Crested Butte also reported 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours on Monday morning. Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs had 4 inches. Most other resorts around the state reported 3 to 5 inches of new snow. Vail and Powderhorn both reported 5 inches.

Light snow remains in the Aspen-area forecast Monday, and another storm system will move into the state from the south on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.


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