Winter travel advisory over Independence Pass comes after early-morning snow | AspenTimes.com

Winter travel advisory over Independence Pass comes after early-morning snow

Highs in Aspen expected near 60 degrees rest of week

Staff reports

Heavy snow in the upper Roaring Fork Valley caused Pitkin County officials to warn against driving over Independence Pass on Monday morning, but the fast-moving storm gave way to clear skies after lunch.

The pass remained open even as “winter travel conditions” continued late Monday morning and “alternate routes (are) suggested,” according to a Pitkin County alert sent out at 11:15 a.m.

Snow ended in Aspen about 1:30 p.m. and the rest of the week calls for clear skies and warmer temperatures. But not before the overnight low Monday into Tuesday is expected at 24 degrees.

As for the rest of the week in Aspen, highs are expected at either side of 60 degrees into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

With construction of the Grand Avenue bridge in Glenwood Springs, motorists have been using  Independence Pass to avoid the downvalley delays around Interstate 70.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the area, including the pass and Pitkin County. There are winter storm warnings around the state as a system moved in overnight from the northwest.

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