Snow keeps coming in Aspen
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – There’s an avalanche warning in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass Sunday, but the snow totals at local resorts should be enough to satisfy powder hounds.
Aspen Mountain was reporting 9 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Sunday morning, and 16 inches over the past 48 hours. The numbers for Snowmass were 6 and 14 inches, respectively, according to aspensnowmass.com.
In southwestern Colorado, Silverton Mountain received 3 feet of snow in the past 48 hours, according to its morning report on Sunday. Powderhorn in far western Colorado picked up 20 inches in the past 24 hours.
The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is high – as it is for most of western Colorado – and slides were observed Saturday on most aspects and at all elevations, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Travel in or near avalanche terrain is not recommended, the CAIC advised. The warning extends until Monday at 9 a.m.
A winter storm warning that had been set to expire Sunday morning for the Aspen area has been extended until Monday at noon, according to the National Weather Service. Snow – heavy at times – will continue through Monday, ending from time to time, only to start up again, according to the weather service.
Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are forecast Sunday in Aspen, with highs in the 20s. Another 2 to 4 inches is expected Sunday night, with lows of zero to 10 above. Monday’s forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of snow with accumulations of about an inch and highs of 15 to 25, the weather service said.
Mostly sunny skies are forecast on Tuesday, with highs in the 20s.
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