More snow sweeps toward Aspen
December 26, 2007
ASPEN ” Yet another in a series of Pacific storms is expected to sweep across western Colorado Wednesday night, bringing another round of snow to giddy skiers in Aspen and elsewhere.
Since Friday, local skiers and boarders have awakened to fresh snow more often than not ” every day but Sunday ” and another 6 to 12 inches is forecast Wednesday night and Thursday for the mountains surrounding Aspen/Snowmass, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction. Locally higher accumulations are possible on north-facing slopes.
A snow advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday, and bitterly cold temperatures are expected to settle in.
Highs of 5 to 15 degrees are expected Thursday and Friday, with morning wind-chill readings of 15 to 25 below in the morning on Thursday, and 13 to 23 below on Friday, according to the weather service.
More snow is likely Saturday and Sunday, with highs of 15 to 25 and morning wind chills remaining well below zero.
Snow on Christmas Day added 8 inches at Snowmass and 6 inches on Aspen Mountain, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Wednesday morning snow report. Buttermilk picked up 4 inches and Aspen Highlands got 2 inches.
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Over the past 48 hours, Snowmass was boasting 14 new inches of fresh snow by Wednesday morning, while Aspen Mountain collected 11 inches, and Highlands and Buttermilk both picked up 8 inches.
Snowmass has seen nearly three feet of new snow over the past week. The storm cycle that began Friday added 23 inches to the 7 feet of snow that had already accumulated on Aspen Mountain this month.
While Denver recorded its snowiest Christmas ever ” a record 8 inches fell Tuesday in the Mile High City ” ski resorts around Colorado enjoyed holiday powder.
Since snow began falling on Friday, Powderhorn near the Grand Mesa had received 46 inches of new snow by Wednesday, 47 inches fell at Steamboat, 19 inches blanked Copper Mountain and 17 inches fell at Winter Park on the Front Range. Beaver Creek and Vail received more than 20 inches.
Powderhorn, Telluride and Silverton Mountain could be the big winners with Wednesday night’s storm. The weather service is calling for 10 to 20 inches of new snow on the Grand Mesa and in the San Juans.