Snow marks final day at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain |

Snow marks final day at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Snowmass reported 8 inches of new snow early Sunday and Aspen Mountain picked up 6 inches, ensuring freshies for the final day of the ski season. And, more snow is expected to fall at higher elevations throughout the day.

Both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to close for the season after the lifts stop Sunday, but Aspen Highlands will reopen for the final two weekends in April for some extended spring skiing. Highlands, which is closed this weekend, reported 8 inches of new snow on Sunday morning.

Vail, which is open for one more week, reported 5 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, while Beaver Creek picked up 6 inches.

Elsewhere around Colorado, many resorts have already closed. Among those that remain open, Monarch Mountain reported 4 inches over the past 24 hours, Arapahoe Basin had 3 inches, Loveland and Winter Park picked up 2 inches, Copper Mountain and Keystone had 1 inch and Steamboat had 1 1/2 inches.

The mountains of southwest Colorado fared well early in the weekend and a winter storm warning remained in effect there until 9 a.m. Sunday. Telluride reported 6 inches of new snow on Saturday morning, Wolf Creek had 5 inches and Silverton Mountain reported a foot of new snow on Saturday. Sunday morning snow totals were not yet available by 6 a.m.

In Aspen and Snowmass, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday. Periods of snow will continue, according to the National Weather Service, with 5 to 10 inches expected, mainly above 8,500 feet. (The city of Aspen is at 7,900 feet; Snowmass is at 8,000 feet.)

In town, the weather service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of snow Sunday with highs of 25 to 35 and west winds of 10 to 15 mph early in the morning, becoming light and then switching to northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph by afternoon. Another inch of snow is possible Sunday night.

Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a 20 percent chance of snow and highs of 35 to 45. Mostly cloudy skies are expected Tuesday, with a chance of snow showers in the morning and a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon, with highs of 45 to 55. Snow showers are likely Tuesday night, with light snow accumulations, according to the weather service.

Wednesdays forecast calls for more snow showers, with highs of 25 to 35.

In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, rain and snow are likely Sunday morning; rain is forecast in the afternoon with highs in the 40s.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Monday with highs in the 50s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday and Wednesday, with a 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon on Tuesday and a 50 percent chance of rain on Wednesday. Highs in the 40s are expected.

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