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Ready for snow?

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Take a peek outside your window and see if there’s snow on the ground.

Forecasters were predicting snow overnight Friday in the mountains and a chance for the white stuff to materialize in town by this morning.

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Grand Junction went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and remains in effect until noon today, and the agency was calling for 4 to 6 inches of snow in the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass. Rain was expected to turn to snow at 10,000 feet Friday night and dip to 8,000 feet by this morning. Snowmass Village sits at 8,000 feet, while Aspen sits at 7,900 feet in elevation.

Snow-packed roads over mountain passes could make travel challenging, according to the Weather Service. Check http://www.cotrip.org for road conditions around the state, including Highway 82 over Independence Pass near Aspen, which remains open annually until early November unless wintery weather forces an early closure.

If it does snow in town, little accumulation is likely, according to the Weather Service, which is predicting rain and snow showers in Aspen today and a high of 47. The agency’s forecast calls for the return of mostly sunny skies Sunday with a high near 55. Monday will bring sunny skies and a high near 62, the weather service said.

Aspen’s local weather bloggers at aspenweather.net predicted temperatures low enough by this morning to produce snow showers in town, with the potential for slight accumulations. They would be the first flakes to fall in town this season, the website noted.

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Showers will end by this afternoon, with highs reaching the upper 40s, according to aspenweather.net, which predicted partly cloudy skies Sunday with a high of 58.