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Snow beckons, but I-70 closed

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Local slopes picked up 4 to 6 inches of new snow Sunday, but Vail was among the big winners with 10 inches of fresh stuff, according to its Monday morning snow report.

And, Vail locals may have the resort’s powder-filled back bowls to themselves. Interstate 70 remained closed at about 8:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Blowing snow and ice closed down the interstate, the main east-west thoroughfare between Denver and the mountains, on Sunday evening. Early Monday, westbound I-70 remained closed from Floyd Hill to Vail; eastbound, the interstate was closed from Vail to Georgetown. Go to http://www.cotrip.org for up-to-date statewide travel information.

Sunday’s snowfall varied greatly around the state.

Snowmass picked up 6 inches over the past 24 hours, while Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Buttermilk all received 4 inches. Sunlight Mountain Resort outside Glenwood Springs also reported 4 inches of new snow on Monday morning.

Elsewhere, Monarch Mountain reported the most enviable dumping with 15 inches, according to its morning snow report.

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Crested Butte, like Vail, picked up 10 inches, while Steamboat collected 9 inches. Beaver Creek and Telluride reported 8 inches; Loveland and Breckenridge both reported 6 inches. Copper Mountain had 4 inches and Winter Park got 2.5 inches.

The blowing snow advisory that was in effect for Aspen starting Sunday evening has expired. Monday’s forecast calls for snow in the morning and again in the afternoon, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, according to the National Weather Service. Wind-chill readings of 13 to 23 below in the morning don’t bode well for an early start on the slopes, though.

Tuesday ” New Year’s Day ” will bring mostly sunny skies to Aspen with highs of 15 to 25 degrees, according to the weather service. Again, morning wind-chill readings will be brutal ” 14 to 24 below, the weather service said.