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Winter heads for Aspen

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A winter storm warning was issued Friday afternoon for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass Village, and the National Weather Service was predicting the first appreciable snowfall of the season in central mountains of Colorado.

Four to six inches of snow are expected overnight. The warning expires at noon on Saturday.

Highway 82 over Independence Pass, southeast of Aspen, remained open Friday shortly before 4 p.m. Check http://www.cotrip.org for updated road conditions around the state, including the status of the pass.

The weather service warned of icy, slushy and snowpacked roads Friday night and said travelers should take extra precautions. Hunters camping in the backcountry should plan on cold and wet conditions, the agency said.

A snow level at 10,000 feet Friday afternoon is expected to drop to between 8,500 and 9,000 feet Friday night. Fog and snow showers could reduce visibility to a mile or less, the weather service said.

Colder temperatures, and snow and rain showers are in Aspen’s forecast through the middle of next week, according to the weather service.