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More powder in Aspen

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
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ASPEN – Snow fell steadily in Aspen Thursday morning and a winter storm warning in effect for the area has been extended until 6 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service was predicting 10 to 18 inches from a storm that plowed into the mountains early in the day. Now, an additional 8 to 14 inches is forecast, the agency said. The storm comes on the heels of one earlier in the week that left a foot of new snow on Aspen Mountain.

Thursday’s snow swept in at about daybreak. There was barely a hint of snow in Aspen at about 5 a.m., and the Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on local slopes early in the day. But the snow was falling in earnest by the time the lifts opened and the Skico reported 7 inches at Aspen Highlands shortly before noon. The company also reported 5 inches at Snowmass, 3 inches on Aspen Mountain and 2 inches at Buttermilk.

The overall avalanche danger in the Aspen zone remains high, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and an avalanche warning has been issued for the neighboring Gunnison zone to the south. The northern San Juan Mountains also remain under an avalanche warning.

The snow has slowed travel in various parts of the state. A chain law was put in effect in Snowmass Village shortly after 10 a.m. and the Colorado State Patrol issued an accident alert for all of Pitkin County shortly after noon. A number of flights out of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport have been delayed or canceled.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs because of numerous accidents. Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated road conditions around the state.


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