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Storm trains

Steve Benson

It’s a beautiful sight. Lined up like semis in a traffic jam, a series of storms is spinning through the Pacific with their eyes set on the West Coast. The first one hit the Sierra Nevada on Monday night, dropping more than a foot of snow in most locales by Tuesday evening. The next is about to hit land, while a third will follow later this week. Winter storm warnings are splattered across the West like spilled paint on a map. Utah’s Wasatch Range is poised to get 1 to 2 feet by tonight, and the San Juans may follow suit. The question is, when will it hit Aspen? “Aspen is kind of on the fence [with this storm],” said Norv Larson, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be left hanging. “Aspen should see about 4 to 8 inches, with as much as 12 inches in higher, exposed areas,” Larson said. Snow is expected to begin falling here by this afternoon and intensify overnight. But another shot of snow should motor in later this week, and it appears it will be kinder to Aspen. “This one will be well dispersed across the area a little better, putting snow pretty much everywhere,” Larson said. “It should be effecting the area late in the day Friday and into the weekend, tailing off Sunday night.” That’s not all; another monster may impact the area by the middle part of next week. “It’s a very progressive pattern,” Larson said. “It looks like every three to five days [storms] will be rolling through.” After four weeks of dry weather, it looks like the camel that is Aspen will finally get a chance to drink. Oh, and those fat skis you bought at the ski swap months ago may finally get to see the light. Steve Benson’s e-mail is sbenson@aspentimes.com