Saturday snow report: 1 inch
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” The forecasted snow that was to sweep into the mountains surrounding Aspen/Snowmass overnight measured all of 1 inch early Saturday morning.
The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 1 inch of new snow at all four local ski areas at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, but light snow continued to fall.
A snow advisory remains in effect for the Aspen area, and much of western Colorado, until noon Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, which was still predicting 5 to 10 inches in the mountains before the snowfall tapers off.
If it doesn’t materialize, Monday is shaping up as the next possible powder day.
The forecast for Aspen/Snowmass calls for highs of 25 to 35 on Saturday with west winds of 10 to 20 mph. On Sunday, mostly cloudy skies are expected, with a 40 percent chance of snow in the afternoon and highs in the 30s. Southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, with gusts of up to 40 mph, are also forecast for the afternoon.
Snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are forecast on Sunday night, with another inch or so expected Monday. Highs of 25 to 35 are expected Monday. Light snow is also forecast Monday night, according to the weather service.
Elsewhere around the state, snowfall totals on Saturday morning were mostly in the 1-to-2-inch range. Crested Butte, over the mountains to the south of Aspen, reported 3 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, as did Sunlight near Glenwood Springs. Powderhorn, in far western Colorado, picked up 10 inches.
Ski resorts in southwest Colorado also fared well with overnight snows ” Telluride reported 5 inches on Saturday morning and Durango reported 8 inches. Wolf Creek picked up 6 inches.
Vail, Keystone and Breckenridge all reported no new snow.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Saturday, Feb. 23:
Avalanche danger for the Aspen zone today is moderate on all aspects near and above treeline. Danger below treeline is low. Human-triggered avalanches remain possible.
Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.
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