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Snow expected to head south

Aspen Times Staff

A Pacific storm system was expected to bring up to 40 mph gusts and blowing snow but also much-needed moisture to southwest Colorado on Sunday.Eight to 16 inches of new snow was possible in the San Juan, West Elk and Sawatch mountains, where the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday. The warning included Crested Butte and Telluride.About 10 to 20 inches could accumulate at higher spots including Wolf Creek Pass by late Sunday, the Weather Service said.Up to 5 inches was expected at lower elevations, including Durango, and 4 to 8 inches was expected in Pagosa Springs.The storm would help boost snowpack in southwest Colorado. Storms have dumped plenty of snow in the northern and central mountains this winter, with snowpack in the northern part of the state well above average.In the southwest, snowpack in the Upper Rio Grande basin was 33 percent of average as of Friday, and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan was 44 percent.The storm had the potential to bring gusts up to 50 mph in the Eastern Plains as it headed east, the National Weather Service said.


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