Major winter storm heads for Colorado | AspenTimes.com

Major winter storm heads for Colorado

AspenTimes Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A Pacific storm is expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to areas of western Colorado on Sunday night and Monday. Some parts of the state could get 1 to 3 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm watch is in effect for all mountain areas of western Colorado and eastern Utah, starting Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday. The valleys of southwest Colorado are also included in the watch.

Heavy snow is forecast in north central Colorado and along the Continental Divide. Blowing and drifting snow could make mountain travel difficult Sunday night and Monday, the weather serviced warned.

In the southwest part of the state, the eastern San Juan Mountains, eastern Sawatch range and the La Grita Mountains could get pounded. Snowfall of 1 to 3 feet is forecast at areas above 10,000 feet, including Wolf Creek, Cumbres and Monarch passes.

As of early Saturday, the forecast for Aspen and Snowmass called for a chance of snow Sunday morning and snow on Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. Accumulations of up to 9 inches were forecast. Southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph were forecast Sunday night, gusting to 45 mph and increasing to 60 mph after midnight.

On Monday, another 3 to 5 inches was predicted, with highs in the 20s and west winds of 10 to 20 mph, gusting to around 35 mph.


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