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Major storm bears down on Colorado

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A heavy snow warning is in effect for western Colorado, where a major storm could bring 1 to 2 feet of snow to Aspen and Snowmass before it’s all over, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow began to fall in earnest Sunday afternoon in the Roaring Fork Valley, while high winds wreaked havoc with chairlift operations at local ski areas shortly after they opened Sunday morning. Heavy snow is expected to develop through the afternoon and evening, and continue through Monday. A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the weather service, the storm will dump 1 to 2 feet of snow by Tuesday morning, while some westward-facing slopes could see up to 3 feet. Gusty winds will produce drifting snow and poor visibility.

In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, the weather service is predicting total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches.

The mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass are under an avalanche watch through Monday at 8 a.m., according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The avalanche danger will rise to high in area mountains if the forecasted snow totals materialize, the CAIC said in its Sunday report.

The storm will affect both mountainous areas and the valleys, according to the weather service, which is predicting highway closures by Monday morning and “snow-covered and icy conditions everywhere.”

“If you do not need to travel, then stay home,” the service advised. “Pack a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel.”

Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated, statewide road conditions.


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