More snow headed for Aspen |

More snow headed for Aspen

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen could see 3 to 5 inches of new snow Friday night, according to forecasters. Meanwhile, wintery weather Friday afternoon shut down parts of Interstate 70.

In Denver, United Airlines officials said they planned to cancel 84 flights between Friday and Saturday morning. People who bought tickets in advance to fly through Colorado on Friday were being allowed to change their plans.

On Interstate 70, eastbound lanes were closed from Avon to the top of Vail Pass Friday afternoon.

Multiple crashes blocked the eastbound lanes at Dowd Junction and, a short time later, authorities closed the entire stretch of freeway from mile marker 167 in Avon to the top of Vail Pass.

The westbound lanes of I-70 from Copper Mountain to Vail Pass were also closed.

Both closures remained in effect at 4:10 p.m. Check for updated road conditions.

Authorities did not say when I-70 would re-open.

Brief, but heavy snow fell in Aspen and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley Friday afternoon. Roads were wet.

The National Weather Service is calling for snow showers Friday night, with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, in Aspen. Another 1 to 3 inches is possible Saturday, with highs in the 30s.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Sunday, with highs of 35 to 45.

A winter storm warning is in effect for areas of southwest Colorado, including Ouray and Telluride, until noon Saturday. More than a foot of new snow is expected through Saturday in that area, according to the weather service.

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