More snow in Aspen’s forecast after day of sunshine |

More snow in Aspen’s forecast after day of sunshine

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
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ASPEN ” Aspen enjoyed a day of sunshine Thursday, but another winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow to the mountains of western Colorado starting Friday afternoon.

Snow will develop over the eastern Uinta Mountains of Utah Thursday night and spread across eastern Utah and western Colorado on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. A foot of snow is possible in the mountains by Saturday evening; rain or snow is expected at lower elevations.

In the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, a winter storm watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, the weather service said.

The forecast for Aspen calls for a 50 percent chance of snow on Thursday night, with lows of 15 to 25. Friday’s forecast calls for highs in the 30s and 2 to 4 inches of snow in the afternoon, with a slight chance of thunderstorms. An additional 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected Friday night, followed by 2 to 4 inches on Saturday, with highs in the 20s. Partly sunny skies and a 20 percent chance of snow are expected Sunday, with highs of 25 to 35.

The Aspen Skiing Co. has reported fresh snow every morning this week, though Friday morning’s report may come up empty, given Thursday’s sunshine, unless snow materializes Thursday night.

For the past seven days, the Skico reported 35 inches of new snow at Snowmass and 23 inches on Aspen Mountain.

On Thursday morning, the Skico reported 4 inches at Highlands, 3 inches at Snowmass and 1 inch of new snow at both Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk.

The base depth at Highlands tops 100 inches, according to the Skico, which announced Thursday it would extend the ski season at Highlands with weekend reopenings on April 18-19 and April 25-26. Highlands closing day was to be Sunday, April 5. Buttermilk will close April 5, while closing day at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass is Sunday, April 12.

April 5 is also closing day at Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs.

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