Storm dumps on Aspen
December 14, 2008
ASPEN ” It’s a powder day in Aspen.
Snow dumped throughout the night and Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass were all reporting 15 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Sunday morning. Buttermilk picked up a foot.
The winter storm that pushed into Colorado for the weekend began producing snow in Aspen on Friday evening. On Sunday morning, Aspen Highlands reported 23 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours; Aspen Mountain and Snowmass picked up 20 inches over the two-day period.
Elsewhere around the state, Vail reported a foot of new snow over the past 24 hours and 18 inches over the past 48 hours. Beaver Creek reported 14 and 19 inches, respectively.
Winter Park was reporting 7 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Sunday morning, Crested Butte reported 10 inches, Copper Mountain picked up 8 inches and Sunlight Mountain Resort, outside of Glenwood Springs, was reporting 4 inches.
With the new snow load, avalanche danger around the state was rated high on Sunday morning, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
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The snow is likely to continue on Sunday. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. for much of western Colorado, including the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass. In all, the storm is expected to produce up to 2 feet of snow before it’s over, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm has made for hazardous weather conditions, the weather service warned, and chain laws were in effect Sunday morning for commercial vehicles on Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass. Loveland Pass is closed due to adverse conditions, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated, statewide road conditions.