Storm tracks toward Aspen |

Storm tracks toward Aspen

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Courtesy National Weather ServiceA winter storm is expected to move into western Colorado Thursday night.

ASPEN – The mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass are under a winter storm advisory until 6 p.m. Friday in anticipation of a storm that could drop a foot or more of new snow locally, according to the National Weather Service.

Gusty, southwest winds combined with periods of heavy snow will create areas of blowing and drifting snow, the weather service warned. Blizzard conditions are possible in the southern mountains of Colorado, according to the agency.

The forecast for Aspen calls for snow Thursday night, with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation and wind gusts to around 45 mph. More snow is expected Friday, with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and very windy conditions. Winds of 30 to 40 mph will gust to around 60 mph, according to the weather service. Highs of 25 to 35 are forecast.

Another 1 to 3 inches are predicted overnight on Friday, with lows of 10 to 20. Saturday’s forecast calls for 2 to 4 inches of snow and highs in the 20s, with winds of 10 to 15 mph. Snow is also likely Saturday night and Sunday, according to the weather service.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow over the past 24 hours in its Thursday morning snow report, after reporting 1 to 3 inches on Wednesday morning.

Snow that moved through the state Tuesday favored southwest Colorado. Wolf Creek reported 22 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours on Thursday morning, and Durango Mountain Resort reported 18 inches during the same period.

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