Snow returns to Aspen forecast
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” It has been three days since any new snow fell on the slopes of Aspen/Snowmass. Locals may be going into withdrawal.
Monday’s forecast, however, promises a freshies fix. How much Aspen gets depends on how far south the storm swings.
The northwest mountains of the state could see 5 to 9 inches by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service, with 2 to 5 inches in the central and southern mountains of Western Colorado.
The weather service is calling for a foot of snow across the mountains of northeast Utah by late afternoon.
Aspen and Snowmass are in the central mountains; Vail and Beaver Creek are positioned farther north, but also a bit farther east. Steamboat Springs, in the northwest part of the state, could see the greatest accumulations.
The weather service forecast for Aspen calls for highs of 15 to 25 degrees on Monday and southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, gusting to around 45 mph. Blowing snow is likely, and wind-chill readings will drop below zero.
Another 1 to 3 inches of snow are possible Monday night.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for a lingering chance of snow, highs of 15 to 25 and wind-chill readings of 4 to 14 below.
The next Pacific disturbance will move into ski country on Thursday and Friday, according to the weather service.
For the record, no new snow was reported over the past 24 hours in the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Monday morning report.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for the Aspen zone on Monday, Jan. 21:
The avalanche danger is considerable on northeast, east, southeast and south aspects near and above treeline. Natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered ones probable. Triggered avalanches may be large and destructive. The avalanche danger on all other aspects near and above treeline and all slopes below treeline is moderate. Human-triggered avalanches are still possible on these slopes, as well.
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There is a lot of pent up energy among hikers and bikers to get into the high country, but snow fields, avalanche debris and high stream crossings are presenting challenges later than usual. Forest rangers with the Aspen-Sopris District provide trail condition reports that are updated each week so hikers and backpackers aren’t caught unaware.