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Snow piling up in Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Snow piled up quickly on the slopes of Aspen and Snowmass Friday morning.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on local slopes shortly before 5:30 a.m., but by about 9:15 p.m., Snowmass had picked up 6 inches of new snow, Aspen Mountain had recorded 5 inches and the snow continued to dump.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for a swath of Colorado’s northern and central mountains, including the area surround Aspen and Snowmass, until 6 p.m. Friday. Winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph are expected to create blowing snow, according to the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service.

The heaviest snowfall is expected in an area generally extending from Aspen and Vail north across the Flattops to toward the Steamboat Springs area, the weather service said.

Friday’s forecast in Aspen calls for snow, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches ” a amount that has already been exceeded ” and highs of 15 to 25. Snow is likely Friday night, as well, with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, according to the weather service.

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Saturday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies in the morning, turning partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of snow in the afternoon and highs of 15 to 25. On Sunday, the weather service is calling for partly sunny skies with a 20 percent chance of snow and highs in the 20s.

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