On The Hill: Gloomy skies over Aspen portend a weekend powder dump
VIDEO: Thick, dark clouds loom over Aspen Mountain this morning as a potentially winter-saving storm sweeps into the area later today. On the hill, Aspen Times mountain correspondent Corby Anderson finds the snow today to be almost spring-like: soft and pliable, though bare in spots.
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ASPEN SKI COMPANY OFFICIAL REPORT: 0″ in the past 24 hours, 0″ in 48 hours and 5″ in the last 7 days. High of 43°, low of 18°.
ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: As the storm pushes into the area, there is a warm calm underneath the darkening skies. 1 & 2 Leaf skied fast and soft, and Copper was a joy to link carver turns down, as was the Nell. Not too many people on the hill either today. Things should change by mid-day, with significant snow falling overnight.
LIFT LINE STATUS: One bucket deep.
LISTENING TO: John Hiatt “Perfectly Good Guitar”
SNOWCAST: NOAA.com is reporting:
- Today: Snow showers. High near 41. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tonight: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 16. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening.
- Saturday: Snow showers. High near 32. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
- Saturday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 12. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
- Sunday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 33. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
- Sunday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
- Monday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.
- Monday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
- Tuesday: A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 40.
**A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 AM MST SUNDAY ABOVE 9000 FEET…
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 AM MST SUNDAY... * LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...ASPEN...VAIL. * TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN BY EARLY AFTERNOON ABOVE 8500 FEET BEFORE DROPPING TO MOUNTAIN BASES BY SUNSET. SNOW RATES INCREASE BY LATE AFTERNOON TO EARLY EVENING FROM VAIL PASS TO THE ELK AND WILLIAMS MOUNTAINS...WITH HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE THIS EVENING. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW AND SNOW SHOWERS THEN PERSIST THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING WITH A FEW SHORT LULLS OVERNIGHT AND DURING THE DAY SATURDAY POSSIBLE. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...4 TO 8 INCHES BELOW 9000 FEET WITH 8 TO 15 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL BE FOUND ON WEST FACING SLOPES AND PASSES. * SNOW LEVEL...BEGINNING NEAR 8500 FEET THEN DROPPING TO MOUNTAIN BASES BY SUNSET. * WINDS...ABOVE 9000 FEET...WEST TO NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH AT TIMES. * VISIBILITY...REDUCED TO UNDER A MILE AT TIMES IN MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL. * IMPACTS...MOUNTAIN ROADWAYS INCLUDING VAIL PASS WILL BECOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY BY TOMORROW EVENING. PERSISTENT SNOW THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING WILL KEEP HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN PLACE.
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