It’s light snow for Aspen " so far |

It’s light snow for Aspen " so far

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The latest winter storm to roll into Colorado had produced little new snow in Aspen by Tuesday morning, but 6 to 12 inches of fresh stuff is forecast by late in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Overnight snowfall totaled 3 inches at Snowmass, 2 inches at Aspen Highlands and 1 inch at Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Tuesday morning snow report. A trace of new snow blanketed town Tuesday morning.

A snow advisory remains in effect for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen/Snowmass, according to the weather service.

A heavy snow warning remains in effect for some parts of Colorado, though, including the Steamboat Springs area in the north-central region, areas of southwest and south-cental Colorado, and the upper Gunnison River Valley, according to the weather service. One to 2 feet of snow are possible in the northwest San Juan Mountains, including the Telluride and Silverton areas.

Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwest Colorado was reporting 15 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Tuesday morning, as was Durango. Monarch reported 8 inches and Telluride picked up 5 inches.

However, most resorts around the state had yet to see bountiful new snow from the weather system. Vail reported 1 inch on Tuesday morning, as did Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Steamboat. Crested Butte and Powderhorn each picked up 4 inches.

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Until significant snowfall arrives, at least, the avalanche danger in the Aspen zone has slacked off a bit, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Says the CAIC: The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is considerable near and above treeline on W-NW-N-NE-E aspects. Elsewhere the danger is moderate.

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