Snow keeps coming in Aspen
December 21, 2008
ASPEN ” Aspen kept its snowfall streak alive ” just barely ” on Sunday and, with a winter storm warning in effect starting Monday morning, the snow should keep on coming.
The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 2 inches of new snow at Snowmass on Sunday morning, and 1 inch at Aspen Mountain. No new snow was reported at Highlands and Buttermilk, though. The Skico has reported freshies on the slopes each day since Sunday, Dec. 14, thanks to a series of storms sweeping through Colorado.
The next one is set up to hit Monday. A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass starting Monday at 5 a.m. Snow is likely to continue through late Tuesday and the National Weather Service is calling for 8 to 16 inches of new snow, with locally higher amounts possible.
With the snow will come a slight easing of the brutal cold that has settled over Colorado this weekend. The low in Aspen Saturday night was 2 below, but the wind chill made it feel far colder.
Sunday’s forecast calls for highs of 15 to 25, but with wind-chill readings of 7 to 17 below in the morning. About an inch of snow is expected Sunday night.
On Monday, the weather service is calling for 1 to 3 inches of snow and highs of 25 to 35. Another 4 to 7 inches is expected Monday night with lows of zero to 10 above. Tuesday’s forecast calls for an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow, with highs of 10 to 20.
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Around the state, most ski areas were reporting only an inch or two of new snow Sunday, if any, though Vail and Monarch Mountain each picked up 4 inches. Sunlight Mountain Resort outside Glenwood Springs reported 3 inches, as did Beaver Creek, Crested Butte and Winter Park.