Snow mostly skirts Aspen |

Snow mostly skirts Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The storm that moved into Colorado late Monday slighted Aspen and Snowmass, leaving only 2 or 3 inches of fresh snow, though another 1 to 3 inches may fall Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday, the weather service said Aspen could see as much as 8 inches of new snow by Tuesday morning, but the Aspen Skiing Co. was reporting just 3 inches of fresh snow at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass by early Tuesday. Two inches fell at Buttermilk.

Other ski areas around Colorado, particularly those in the northern part of the state and the southwestern mountains, fared better. Steamboat Springs, in the north, picked up 10 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, according to its Tuesday morning report. In the southwest, Wolf Creek reported 14 inches, Durango had a foot of new snow, and Silverton and Telluride both picked up 10 inches. Monarch Mountain also reported 10 inches.

To the south of Aspen, Crested Butte reported 6 inches of new snow Tuesday morning, and Powderhorn, located on the edge of the Grand Mesa in far western Colorado, had six inches over the past 24 hours. On the Interstate 70 corridor, Vail reported 2 inches, and Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain picked up an inch.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday for southwestern Colorado, including the Telluride and Silverton area, where another 10 to 20 inches are possible, but the snow is expected to taper off in the Aspen area.

Tuesday’s forecast for Aspen calls for highs in the 20s with a 70 percent chance of snow and accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. A 50 percent chance of snow remains Tuesday night, with lows of zero to 10 above, according to the weather service.

On Wednesday, the weather service is calling for partly sunny skies with a 20 percent chance of snow and highs in the 20s, but wind-chill readings of 1 below to 11 below in the morning. Thursday’s forecast calls for highs in the 30s and a chance of snow in the afternoon. Snow is likely Thursday night, with lows of zero to 10 above, says the weather service.

Friday’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow and highs of 25 to 35.

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