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Storm heading for Aspen, CDOT closing Independence Pass temporarily

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – With a winter storm in the offing, Highway 82 over Independence Pass, southeast of Aspen, will temporarily close on Tuesday at 3 p.m., according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

CDOT anticipates reopening the pass after the storm.

Heavy snow is predicted above 8,000 feet, CDOT noted. The closure affects about 18 miles, from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes.

Snow is expected to develop Tuesday evening and continue until Thursday evening, with up to 16 inches possible in the high country. The snowfall, along with expected strong winds, will make travel over the pass hazardous or impossible, according to CDOT.

The pass is scheduled to close for the winter season on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. CDOT will reopen the pass before then if it is feasible, the agency said. Check for updated road conditions and travel information around the state.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning will be in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen from midnight on Tuesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. Accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected in town; rain may fall with snow initially before turning over to snow, the weather service said.

Lows of 15 to 25 are expected overnight Tuesday in Aspen, with highs Wednesday of 25 to 35. Lows on Wednesday night will dip to 10 to 20, according to the weather service.

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