White Christmas likely in Aspen
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A Pacific storm poised to dump yet more snow on western Colorado could leave Aspen and Snowmass with as much as 2 feet of new snow by late Tuesday. And, the resort should enjoy a white Christmas.
A winter storm warning, calling for heavy snow and blowing snow, is in effect until Tuesday at midnight, according to the National Weather Service. The warning covers a swath of the Colorado mountains, including the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass.
The weather service is predicting up to 3 feet of snow in parts of Colorado, but lesser amounts in the central mountains, including Aspen.
In town, Aspen will see 2 to 4 inches of new snow on Monday, with highs in the 20s and southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, followed by another 4 to 7 inches Monday night, with lows of zero to 10 above and wind gusts of up to 40 mph, according to the weather service.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with highs of 15 to 25 and northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night will bring another 2 to 4 inches of snow, with lows of 5 below to 5 above.
A 30 percent chance of snow is forecast Wednesday, with highs of 10 to 20 and wind-chill readings of 7 to 17 below in the morning. Snow is likely Wednesday night and Christmas Day (Thursday), as well, according to the weather service.
In the lower valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, snow is likely Monday afternoon through Tuesday night, with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches, according to the weather service. There is also a chance of snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Aspen Mountain and Snowmass were among a handfull of resorts in the state to report an inch of new snow on Monday morning. Highlands and Buttermilk both posted zero snowfall for the past 24 hours, as of 5:30 a.m.
Elsewhere around the Colorado, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek both recorded two inches of new snow ” tops in state.
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