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Wild storms continuing

Steve Benson

It’s been a wild winter across much of the state with decent early snows, stubborn high pressures, warm weather, rain, and a colossal storm that buried Aspen’s ski areas under five feet of snow and parts of the San Juans under more than 100 inches. Things will only get weirder this weekend. As of Thursday afternoon, most of southeast Utah and southwest Colorado were under a flood watch due to an approaching low pressure system churning through the Southwest. The tropical-moisture-laden storm is expected to douse locations below 8,000 feet with heavy rain. Down low, the rain will eat away at the existing snowcap, potentially causing floods. Up high, 1-2 feet of snow is expected in the San Juans, which are in the midst of an already giant snow year. The storm will look and act like most systems this winter with the southern mountains expected to receive most of the fury. Aspen and the central mountains should get a decent dumping (especially up high) while Summit County will get the leftovers. Thursday night the National Weather Service was calling for 1-3 inches in Aspen by this morning, another 3-5 on Saturday, with snow continuing into Sunday evening. The upper reaches of the resorts (like Highland Bowl) should get hammered pretty good by this moist system. The weather may impact two events this weekend – the Owl Creek Chase and the Colorado Freeride Series. The Chase, a nordic race that attracts a mix of pros and civilians, is an Olympic qualifier this year. The race starts in Snowmass at 10 a.m., and finishes at the Aspen Golf Course. Keep an eye out for local pro Casey Ward. The Freeride Series, the first of three this season, will occur at Snowmass on Saturday.Today’s report: As of 5 a.m., no new snow had materialized.

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