Snow warning out for northwest Colorado |

Snow warning out for northwest Colorado

Aspen Times staff and AP report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The National Weather Service is warning residents of northwest Colorado they can expect heavy snow over the next few days. Blizzard conditions are expected at higher elevations Wednesday night.

Forecasters are predicting winds of 40 to 60 mph, with gusts to around 80 mph above 10,000 feet and the potential for whiteout conditions. A blizzard warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Blizzard conditions are expected mainly at higher elevations, including on Interstate 70 over Vail Pass, according to the weather service.

Snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are predicted by noon Thursday in the Elk and Gore mountains, encompassing Aspen, Snowmass and Vail, with the highest amounts falling near the Continental Divide, forecasters said.

The bloggers at were predicting an inch or two of snow locally Wednesday night, perhaps some light snow Thursday and Friday, and snow Saturday that could be heavy at times.

Elsewhere, gusts as high as 120 mph were predicted above 10,000 feet in the foothills west of Golden, Boulder and Fort Collins. Forecasters warned the high winds could lead to power outages and downed trees, and could also topple high-profile or lightweight vehicles.

West of Denver, Echo Mountain ski area closed Wednesday after reporting gusts of 70 mph.

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