Snow in Aspen, but gnarly commute |

Snow in Aspen, but gnarly commute

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Snow and slick conditions snarled traffic on Highway 82 Monday, keeping law enforcement officials and tow trucks busy.

A number of one-car accidents had been reported by mid-morning, but none of them involved injuries, according a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Ann Stephenson. As usual, Snowmass Canyon was among the trouble spots, she said.

“It’s just slick conditions,” she said, blaming light snow getting buffed into a slick surface before de-icer was applied to the pavement. Stephenson said she wasn’t sure if any of the drivers who lost control had received citations.

“You are driving too fast for conditions if you get into an accident,” she added.

The National Weather Service, which had previously been predicting sunshine in Aspen on Monday, is now calling for snow most of the day, with total accumulations of 6 to 12 inches by afternoon. Gusting winds are expected to produce blowing and drifting snow later in the day.

The snow began falling early Monday, giving local ski slopes the start to a potential powder day.

The Aspen Skiing Co. was reporting 2 inches of new snow at Snowmass early Monday, and 1 inch at Aspen Mountain.

The forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday calls for partly sunny skies, highs in the 20s and a 20 percent chance of snow.

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