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Winter returns to Aspen Mountain

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VIDEO: With three straight days of significant snowfall (and more on the way,) Aspen Snowmass has been plunged right back into winter. Aspen Times mountain correspondent Corby Anderson takes a chunderous ride down Aspen Mountain on a busy, snowy Sunday morning.

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ASPEN SKI COMPANY OFFICIAL REPORT: 7″ in the past 24 hours, 12″ in 48 hours and 16″ in the last 7 days. High of 32°, low of 16°.

ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: PRAISE ULLR! This storm has delivered, and just in the nick of time. The snow is pretty moisture-intensive, making for choppy turns when you slice into a dense pile. The base below is still pretty hard-packed, making for challenging skiing this morning. Temps are just cold enough to warrent a fourth puffy layer, and bring the clear or chromapop goggles due to persistant flat light and low vis. It’s also pretty busy up on Aspen Mountain, so heads up and give each other a little extra space.

LIFT LINE STATUS: Five minute wait at the gondy…and that’s a good thing!

LISTENING TO: Dave Mulligan “Sierra Nevada Song”

SNOWCAST: NOAA.com is reporting:

  • TOday: Snow. High near 25. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
  • Tonight: Snow. Low around 11. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
  • Monday: Snow. High near 33. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 15. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. East wind around 5 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon..
  • Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE SURROUNDING REGIONS:

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST MONDAY NIGHT...  * LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...ASPEN...VAIL.  * TIMING...HEAVY SNOW BEGINS AGAIN TODAY.  * SNOW ACCUMULATION...1 TO 2 FEET BY MONDAY NIGHT.  * WINDS...SOUTH 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.  * IMPACTS...MOUNTAIN ROADWAYS INCLUDING VAIL PASS WILL BE SNOW   PACKED AND ICY. SNOWFALL THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT WILL KEEP   HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN PLACE.

AN AVALANCHE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS:
...AVALANCHE WATCH FOR THE ELK MOUNTAINS...WEST ELK MOUNTAINS...RUBY RANGE...SAWATCH RANGE...NORTH AND SOUTH SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS...AND SANGRE DE CRISTO RANGE  THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER HAS ISSUED AN AVALANCHE WATCH FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO. A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE AREA THROUGH MONDAY. AVALANCHE DANGER WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY AS SNOW ACCUMULATES AND DRIFTS. BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE CONDITIONS COULD BECOME VERY DANGEROUS BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. TRAVEL IN OR BELOW AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED.  FOR ADDITIONAL AVALANCHE INFORMATION VISIT THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER`S WEB PAGE AT COLORADO.GOV/AVALANCHE

A HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE SURROUNDING AREAS:
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO.  .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT  SNOW...AT TIMES HEAVY...WILL CONTINUE OVER THE SOUTH...AND WILL SPREAD INTO THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. SNOW WILL THEN CONTINUE OVERNIGHT. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE EXPECTED IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS...AND ALSO IN SOME OF THE HIGHER VALLEYS. THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL OCCUR ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES OF THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS. AT TIME SNOW MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE OVER TO RAIN IN THE LOWER VALLEYS.  .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY  SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER MUCH OF THE AREA BEFORE WINDING DOWN LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED FOR ALL AREAS ABOVE 5000 FEET SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 70 BY MONDAY EVENING. BETWEEN 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS...SOME SOUTHERN VALLEYS COULD SEE 4 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW.  MORE SNOW IS EXPECTED OFF AND ON OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WORK WEEK. THE NEXT MORE SUBSTANTIAL STORM IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEKEND. 

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