Snow possible in mountains tonight |

Snow possible in mountains tonight

A large tree toppled across Redstone Boulevard Wednesday in high winds, blocking the town's main thoroughfare. Redstone is located south of Carbondale. (Courtesy Jeff Bier)

ASPEN ” The National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for the northern and central mountains of western Colorado Wednesday night, following on the heels of a wind advisory on what has been a blustery, cold day across much of the state.

While snow is in the forecast for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen, gusty winds have buffeted the entire Roaring Fork Valley for much of the day, littering yards with tree branches and downing entire trees, as well.

According to the weather service office in Grand Junction, a snow advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to noon on Thursday. An unseasonably cold storm system will bring snow to the mountains, with the snow level dropping to near 8,000 feet after midnight. Up to 6 inches of snow is possible over the higher mountain passes by midday on Thursday, says the weather service forecast.

In addition, gusty southwest winds will shift to the northwest by midnight, resulting in drifting snow over the higher passes and making travel difficult.

Much of western Colorado has been under a wind advisory Wednesday. Very windy conditions are expected to continue through early evening. Wind speeds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to near 60 mph will be common, according to the weather service.

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