Storm dumps more snow in Aspen, around Colorado
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” It’s a powder day Saturday around Colorado, particularly in a swath of the central mountains that includes Aspen and Snowmass.
Snowmass reported 10 inches of new snow early Saturday, while Aspen Highlands picked up 8 inches over the past 24 hours. Aspen Mountain had 6 inches and Buttermilk reported 4 inches.
Around the state, Beaver Creek was the big winner with 15 inches; Vail had 13. Loveland tied Snowmass’ 10 inches.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight Saturday for much of western Colorado, including the Aspen area, where total snowfall accumulations of 10 to 20 inches are expected by late evening, the National Weather Service said Saturday, upping its earlier projections by a couple of inches.
In addition, northwest to north winds will gust to 40 mph, creating areas of blowing and drifting snow, the weather service warned.
In Aspen specifically, the weather service is calling for 4 to 7 inches of snow on Saturday, with highs in the 20s, another 1 to 3 inches Saturday night with lows of 5 to 15, and partly sunny skies on Sunday with highs in the 20s and a 30 percent chance of snow.
Skies are expected to clear Sunday night; Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and highs of 35 to 45.
With the new snow, avalanche danger in the Aspen zone was rated considerable on all aspects and at all elevations on Saturday. Advised the Colorado Avalanche Information Center: “Heavy snow totals and strong southwest winds during the last 24 hours will make natural avalanches possible and human-triggered ones probable on many slopes. Avalanche danger will vary a bit around the zone today. Carefully check new snow totals and wind effects in the area you are traveling.”
Travelers found wet pavement, snow and icy spots on Highway 82 between Aspen and Glenwood Springs early Saturday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
On Interstate 70, wet and snowy conditions were reported from Glenwood Canyon to Denver, and as far west as DeBeque Canyon.
Chain laws were in effect Saturday morning for eastbound commercial vehicles at both Vail Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel. Loveland Pass remained closed, spelling hourly delays at the tunnel when vehicles carrying hazardous material need to move through.
Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated, statewide road conditions (click on road conditions).
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