Snow sweeps into Aspen
December 15, 2010
ASPEN – A winter weather advisory is in effect for Aspen and the surrounding mountains until 6 a.m. Thursday, and local authorities reported near-blizzard conditions on Highway 82 between Aspen and Basalt at 3 p.m.
Motorists should anticipate snow and icy conditions on the highway, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Weather Service is predicting hazardous driving conditions in the mountains through Thursday morning.
On Interstate 70, an accident shortly before 3 p.m. was blocking the eastbound lanes at Vail Pass. Shortly after 3 p.m., westbound traffic was being held at the Eisenhower Tunnel because of accidents west of Silverthorne. Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated road conditions around the state.
Heavy snow is possible at times in the mountains surrounding Aspen, with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, according to the weather service. West winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting to nearly 50 mph, will reduce visibility.
A 50 percent chance of snow remains in Aspen’s forecast on Thursday, dropping to 20 percent on Thursday night. Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high near 27 degrees. A 50 percent chance for snow is back in the forecast on Saturday.