NWS forecast calls for up to foot of snow in Colorado, Aspen-area mountains; road advisory in effect

Staff reports
Advisories (purple) and warnings (pink) through Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, according to the National Weather Service.
National Weather Service

A winter storm advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service with up to a foot of snow forecast in some areas of the Colorado mountains, including the Aspen area and Elk Mountains.

The advisory, which runs through 9 a.m. Monday, calls for snow and strong winds above 8,500 feet across Colorado on Sunday. Snow accumulations below 7,500 feet are expected to be light.

“Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts up to 15 inches,” the advisory updated Sunday morning states. “Winds gusting over 45 mph at times above timberline will create areas of blowing and drifting snow. … Travel could be very difficult.”

An update to the advisory and hazardous weather outlook stated snowfall is expected to continue through Monday morning, with more scattered showers in the afternoon. Slippery road conditions and blowing snow are also expected, the NWS stated.

Just before 6 p.m., a Pitkin County alert was sent out to notify locals of an advisory in effect for Aspen area roads due to the winter weather conditions, meaning significant delays.

The rest of the week in Aspen is forecast to be sunny with highs in the 30s and low 40s and lows in the teens through Thursday, according to the NWS office. The next chance for mountain snowfall is predicted Friday and Saturday.