More snow for Aspen? |

More snow for Aspen?

Aspen Times staff
and The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Co.A skier samples the powder Thursday at Snowmass.

ASPEN – A winter storm warning that had been set to expire early Friday is now in effect until 6 p.m. for the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass Village.

Although the sun was shining by midmorning on Friday in Aspen, the National Weather Service is predicting continued snow showers Friday, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and the 20s. Another 1 to 3 inches is expected Friday night. Saturday’s forecast calls for more snow showers, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation, and highs of 35 to 45.

On Sunday, the final day of the ski season at Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands, the weather service is calling for partly sunny skies in the morning, then a chance of rain or snow in the afternoon, with highs in the 40s. Southwest winds of 15 to 25 are expected, with gusts to around 40 mph.

Snowmass and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs were the big winners Thursday, when heavy snow blew through the mountains, closing Interstate 70 over Vail pass and causing travel difficulties in Snowmass Village.

Snowmass reported 12 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Friday morning, and 15 inches over the past 48 hours. Sunlight reported 10 and 15 inches, respectively. Aspen Highlands reported 8 inches over the past 24 hours and 10 inches over the last 48 hours.

Interstate 70 over Vail pass was back open Friday after an accident involving more than two dozen vehicles kept the highway closed for much of Thursday.

The Colorado State Patrol said a semitrailer heading west on Thursday afternoon jackknifed and hit the median, causing a chain reaction of crashes in snowy weather. Troopers said one person was seriously injured and five to six others had moderate or minor injuries.

Both directions of the highway were closed for hours Thursday, and several dozen people spent the night at a shelter that the Salvation Army set up at the Vail Municipal Building.

Vail Pass was icy and snowy Friday morning, but was open to traffic. Chain laws were in effect for commercial vehicles.

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The storm also elevated the avalanche danger in the Aspen area and across the state to considerable, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

A lot of new weight has been added to the snowpack, the CAIC advised, calling for cautious approaches to steep terrain in the backcountry around Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

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