Snow totals through weekend around Aspen measuring in feet, weather service warns
Aspen and the Elk Mountains remain in a winter storm warning through Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said in a Friday morning update, with snow totals between 1 and 3 feet through the weekend.
The four Aspen-area ski resorts reported between 5 and 7 inches of snow overnight into Friday, and snow rates might drop off a bit before “picking back up on Saturday,” the warning states. “Heaviest snow rates (are) expected Saturday afternoon and evening.”
The Grand Junction office said snow totals will be 12 to 24 inches with up to 3 feet in some areas along with wind gusts up to 40 mph. The winter storm warning is in place until noon Sunday.
“Expect periods of lulls with light to moderate snow during the day today with the northern and central Colorado mountains being favored for additional accumulations,” the NWS said Friday morning in its forecast. “A stronger storm system will move in tonight, bringing more widespread precipitation and heavier snow rates in the higher elevations Saturday through Sunday morning.
“Snow levels look to be higher and will fluctuate from time to time, with high elevation snow and low elevation rain. Some of the higher valleys especially in northern Colorado will receive accumulating snow during this storm.”
Anyone traveling over the weekend should be careful and expect delays.
“Travel could be very difficult to impossible, especially Vail Pass, McClure Pass and other high elevation roads,” the NWS warning says. “Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.”
Vail Pass was closed Friday morning when a Vail firefighter was seriously injured after he climbed out of his car to lend a hand during a traffic accident along eastbound I-70.
Loveland Ski Area, which is along I-70 at the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels, was closed Friday because of power issues.
Flights leaving and arriving to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport were delayed or canceled during the morning Friday. But afternoon flights were starting to get in and out of the area. Travelers can check updates at aspenairport.com or with the airlines.
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