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Winter is back

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” What a difference a day makes.

Saturday’s temperatures inched toward shorts and T-shirt range, at least in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley. But by Saturday night, winter was back.

By Monday morning, Snowmass was boasting 22 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours, while Aspen Mountain picked up 20 inches from weekend snows.



Over the past 24 hours, the Aspen Skiing Co. reported 13 inches of new snow at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain in its Monday morning report (posted at 3:45 a.m.) Oddly, the Skico reported just 3 inches at Aspen Highlands and 4 inches at Buttermilk over the past 24 hours. Highlands and Buttermilk each picked up 11 inches over the past 48 hours, according to the Skico.

The National Weather Service is calling for sunny skies on Monday in the Aspen/Snowmass area, with highs in the 20s.




More snow is in the forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday, with predicted accumulations of 3 to 7 inches, according to the weather service.

Around the state, weekend snow totals varied significantly. Arapahoe Basin reported 4 inches over the past 48 hours on Monday morning, while Crested Butte, over the mountains to the south of Aspen, picked up just 1 inch.

Steamboat picked up 6 inches over the past 24 hours and 15 inches over the past 48 hours, according to its Monday morning report.

Front Range resort Winter Park received 8 inches over the past 48 hours and Eldora, also on the Front Range, reported 11 inches over 48 hours ” 10 inches of it fell in the past 24 hours.

Vail reported 4 inches over the past 24 hours on Monday morning, and 10 inches over the past 48 hours. Beaver Creek reported 5 inches over the past 24 hours and 11 inches over the past 48 hours. Copper Mountain got 6 inches over the 48-hour period, as did Breckenridge.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for the Aspen zone on Monday, March 3:

There are pockets of considerable danger on steep slopes near and above treeline, where more than 1 foot of new snow drifts. With less drifted snow and on other aspects the avalanche danger is moderate. Expect the new snow to form some shallow, sensitive slabs on steep slopes.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.