More snow in Aspen forecast
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A heavy snow warning is in effect for much of western Colorado Wednesday as a fast-moving Pacific storm tracks across the state. The mountains surrounding Aspen could see a up to a foot of new snow by afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Anyone traveling through the mountains of eastern Utah or western Colorado on Wednesday should be prepared for “extremely poor travel conditions,” warned the weather service. Mountain passes will be icy and snowpacked, and blowing snow will reduce visibility.
“Pack a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel,” the service advised.
Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated road conditions across Colorado.
The forecast for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass calls for accumulations of 5 to 12 inches through Wednesday afternoon, with locally higher amounts possible with “thunder snow.”
Southwest winds from 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts will cause blowing snow and reduced visibility. Winds will become west to northwest by Wednesday afternoon, according to the weather service.
By shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, light snow was falling in Aspen and snow was falling heavily in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley.
Partly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with highs of 10 to 20 degrees and wind-chill readings of 5 to 15 below.
Snow returns to the forecast Friday with 2 to 4 inches possible.
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There is a lot of pent up energy among hikers and bikers to get into the high country, but snow fields, avalanche debris and high stream crossings are presenting challenges later than usual. Forest rangers with the Aspen-Sopris District provide trail condition reports that are updated each week so hikers and backpackers aren’t caught unaware.