Storm dumps 19 inches at Highlands |

Storm dumps 19 inches at Highlands

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Aspen Highlands has picked up 19 inches of new snow since Saturday afternoon, thanks to a series of Pacific storms that swept into western Colorado, dumping wet snow and shutting down Interstate 70 near Vail on Sunday night.

Highlands received 13 inches of new snow since Sunday morning, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Monday morning report. Snowmass and Aspen Mountain both picked up a foot in the past 24 hours, and Snowmass is sporting 18 inches since the weather system moved in on Saturday, according to the Skico. Aspen Mountain has received 16 inches since Saturday.

Buttermilk reported 9 inches over the past 24 hours on Monday morning, and 12 inches over the past 48 hours.

Vail reported 15 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours on Monday morning, and the slopes of Vail are once again accessible via I-70.

The interstate was closed over Vail Pass late Sunday evening, but has since reopened. Emergency shelters were set up in Vail for stranded travelers. On Monday morning, chain laws were in effect for commercial vehicles on I-70 at the Eisenhower tunnel, and for certain commercial vehicles at Vail Pass. Go to for statewide road conditions and restrictions.

The storm deposited 19 inches of snow at Beaver Creek since Saturday and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs reported a foot of new snow over the past 48 hours in its Monday morning report.

Steamboat reported 18 inches since Saturday and Crested Butte picked up 14 inches in the 48-hour period ending Monday morning. Copper Mountain has received 9 inches since Saturday, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone both got 7 inches, Telluride picked up 6 inches and Breckenridge reported 5 inches.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass. Occasional snow is forecast, with possible accumulations of 4 to 7 inches and highs of 25 to 35, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of snow and highs of 35 to 45. Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday morning, before clouds roll in, along with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs in the 40s are expected, according to the weather service. Snow is likely again on Thursday.