On The Hill: #Hellastorm delivers freshies in Aspen
December 14, 2014
VIDEO: A timely storm spits freshies across the region, leaving 6″ of moist new snow atop a hardpack base, creating challenging, low-visibility, leg-burning conditions for a powder-hungry ski town.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Aspen official report: 6″ of new snow overnight, 6″ in the past 48 hours, and 6″ in the past week. Light snow, high 34°, low 25°.
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Aspen Times field report: The Pineapple Express storm that ravaged California, earning the NorCal moniker #Hellastorm delivered much needed freshies to the Aspen area overnight. Aspen is claiming 5″ of fresh, Highlands and Snowmass each report 6″ and Buttermilk measured 7″ overnight, with more snow falling today. From Silver Dip to Spar on Aspen Mountain, visibility was very limited this morning, and the new, moist snow atop hard pack created some challenging conditions. Bring your clear goggles and face protection, and enjoy the new snow!
Liftline status: Surprisingly sparse
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Snowcast: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the surrounding regions:
ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS- GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-FLATTOPS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOPONAS...ASPEN...VAIL...BUFORD... TRAPPERS LAKE 854 AM MST SUN DEC 14 2014 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST MONDAY... * SNOW ACCUMULATION...5 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. * WINDS...NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BE CHALLENGING DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY IN SNOW AND FOG. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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