More snow in Aspen forecast
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Coming off a foot of new snow on Aspen Mountain early this week, local ski slopes could see another dump on Thursday, according to forecasters.
The storm that swept into Colorado Monday night left 12 inches on Aspen Mountain, including 10 inches in the Wednesday morning snow report. Snowmass reported 5 inches of new snow early Wednesday, and 11 inches for the prior 48 hours.
Area mountains are again under a winter storm warning, in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The agency is predicting snowfall amounts of 10 to 18 inches. Gusty winds will create hazardous driving conditions, particularly on mountain passes, the weather service warned.
The bloggers at aspenweather.net are calling from another 7 to 11 inches by Thursday night. A cold day will follow on Friday.
The avalanche danger is rated high across most of western Colorado, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. An avalanche warning is in effect for the northern and southern San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.
Wolf Creek Ski Area in the San Juans reported 27 inches of new snow over two days in its Wednesday morning report, while Silverton Mountain picked up 2 feet of new snow in a 24-hour period.
Elsewhere around the state, Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs reported 4 inches of new snow on Wednesday morning, and a foot over a two-day period. Steamboat picked up 8.5 inches in the storm, while Crested Butte and Breckenridge each recorded a foot. Vail reported 6 inches of new snow Wednesday morning.
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