One more blast of snow: Winter storm warning issued for Aspen area
How about one more blast of winter … in April?
With a major spring storm headed to the Aspen area, the National Weather Service has upgraded the upcoming system to a winter storm warning with more than a foot of snow above 9,000 feet in the forecast and sub-zero wind chills.
The weather service has the warning in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until noon Wednesday, and it includes Aspen, Snowmass and all of the central Colorado mountain communities from Wyoming to New Mexico.
“Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches. Locally higher amounts possible above 9,000 feet. Winds gusting as high as 65 mph,” according to the warning issued Monday afternoon.
Those traveling on the road should expect whiteout conditions on mountain passes.
“Icy and snow-packed roads are likely. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage. The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” the warning states.
Road conditions can be checked at the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website, http://www.cotrip.org. Those traveling by air should check with their carriers and the Aspen airport website, aspenairport.com, for updates.
Freezing temperatures will pose a threat to early spring growth in the lower valleys Tuesday night and Wednesday night, according to the weather service.