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Snowstorm fizzles out in Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet The Aspen Times
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ASPEN ” The anticipated second coming of snow Monday night produced only a couple of inches on Aspen-area slopes, though the National Weather Service had predicted another round of heavy snow.

Early Tuesday, the Aspen Skiing Co. reported 2 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands. Buttermilk picked up 1 inch.

Over the past 48 hours, though, Aspen Highlands was blessed with 16 inches of fresh snow, Aspen Mountain got 15 inches, Snowmass picked up 14 inches and Buttermilk received 11 inches.

While the brunt of the storm dumped on Aspen and Snowmass on Sunday night, other resorts around Colorado fared better on Monday night.

Loveland reported 11 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Tuesday morning; Steamboat and Vail each reported 9 more inches; Arapahoe Basin got 7 inches; Copper Mountain and Beaver Creek both picked up 6 inches; and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs collected another 5 inches.

Over a 48-hour period, many western Colorado resorts reported a foot or more of new snow. Loveland, located on the Continental Divide, was the big winner with 23 inches, while Ski Cooper, a small ski area outside of Leadville, picked up 21 inches.

A winter storm warning in western Colorado has expired and the weather service is calling for diminishing snowfall on Tuesday in the Aspen area and a slight chance of snow in the afternoon, with highs of 25 to 35. By midmorning, the sun was shining.

Partly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the 30s, though a slight chance of snow is also in Thursday’s forecast.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Tuesday, Feb. 26:

The avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is overall considerable. Where heavy snow and wind drifts have accumulated, human-triggered avalanches are probable, and they have the potential to break into snow layers near the ground.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.


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