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Storm could bring foot of snow to Aspen

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A winter storm could bring a foot or more of snow to the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass on Friday night and Saturday, while up to 5 feet could fall in southwestern Colorado, according to the National Weather Service.

A blizzard warning has been issued for a swath of the southwestern corner of the state. Forecasters say most areas covered by the warning could get up to three feet of snow and 55-mile-an-hour gusts. The blizzard could produce up to 5 feet of snow and 70-mile-an-hour gusts in the high mountains of southwestern Colorado, the weather service said.

Other parts of western Colorado are forecast to get rain in the lower elevations and up to three feet of snow in the high country.

The Elk Mountains, surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, are under a winter storm watch Friday afternoon through late Saturday night, according to the weather service. Snow will spread across the area from south to north late Friday, then become widespread Friday night and Saturday, according to the weather service forecast. Accumulations of more than a foot are possible at elevations above 8,000 feet by late Saturday night.

Up to seven inches of snow is expected in the northern Colorado mountains. Snow and sleet are in the forecast for the southeastern corner.

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