Snow moves into Colorado mountains
ASPEN A weather system moving into Colorado is expected to bring up to 10 inches of snow to the high country and cooler temperatures along the Front Range.The National Weather Service issued a snow advisory Saturday for the higher elevations, which include Leadville, Mount Elbert and the Saguache Mountains. Snow was expected to be heavy at times.In the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, total snow accumulations will range from 4 to 9 inches by late Sunday afternoon at elevations above 9,000 feet (the city of Aspen is at close to 7,900 feet), according to the weather service. Snow was falling in Aspen Sunday morning.Highway 82 over Independence Pass, east of Aspen, remained open Sunday morning. The pass is open, weather permitting, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which could close the route for the winter at any time, depending on conditions.For up-to-date statewide travel information. go to http://www.cotrip.org (click on Alerts & Restrictions for the status of Independence Pass).Mountain areas on either side of the Continental Divide and Front Range foothills above 7,500 feet could see snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches by late Sunday afternoon, according to the weather service. Chain restrictions for commercial vehicles were in place on U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass, which crosses the Divide, as well as on Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel and for eastbound traffic at Vail Pass on Sunday morning.In Denver, where the Colorado Rockies play the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, temperatures were expected in the 40s by game time Sunday at 6:30 p.m.Snow showers are expected to end Sunday night and skies are forecast to clear until another storm system moves into Colorado on Thursday.
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Local fire officials in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are heightening their fire concerns, and starting this week Stage 1 fire restrictions will be enacted. Stage 1 means no campfires in undeveloped sites, no fireworks and no smoking outside unless it’s in an area cleared of all combustible materials.