On The Hill: Snow conditions approaching EPIC status on Aspen Mountain
December 19, 2014
VIDEO: Snow is piling up on Aspen Mountain, with nearly two feet of fresh powder sticking since last weekend. Aspen Times On The Hill host Corby Anderson checks out the untracked boot-deep pow on Aspen Mountain’s Dipsy Headwall.
ASPEN SNOWMASS OFFICIAL REPORT: Aspen Mountain is reporting 3″ in past 24 hours, 5″ in past 48 hours and 26″ in past week. Today’s high will be 34°, with a low of 10°.
ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: Five more inches of fresh, light snow fell overnight, leaving Dipsy Headwall covered in boot-deep powder. With almost two feet of snow on the ground since last weekend, Aspen Mountain is approaching EPIC conditions. If the rumored Sunday dump of a foot or more happens, then look for the Epic flag to fly! Today visibility was spotty, but not too bad, and it is chilly out, with temps dropping in the single digits possibly. Wear warm gloves.
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SNOWCAST: NOAA.com weather outlook:
- Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
- Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.
- Saturday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
- Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Sunday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 32. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
- Sunday Night: Snow. Low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
- Monday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
- Monday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.
- Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.
- Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
- Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
- Wednesday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.
- Christmas Day: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.
A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE SURROUNDING REGIONS: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.
* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SUNDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW SHOULD FALL LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 20 INCHES POSSIBLE WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG NORTHWEST FACING SLOPES. * WINDS...WEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. * IMPACTS...ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RESULT IN ICY AND SNOW PACKED ROADS AND HIGHWAYS...ESPECIALLY OVER THE MOUNTAIN SUMMITS. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND FOG WILL LIMIT VISIBILITY BELOW 1 MILE AT TIMES. AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL OCCUR ABOVE TIMBERLINE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND/OR BLOWING SNOW THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.