Winter returns to Aspen |

Winter returns to Aspen

Aspen Times staff reportAspen, CO Colorado
David Gidley/Special to the Summit DailyDustin Shaefer gets out in some fresh stuff at Loveland on Thursday. Snow is in the forecast for Aspen, starting Thursday night.

ASPEN – Just in time for the final weekend of spring skiing on Aspen Mountain – winter.A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen from 6 p.m. Thursday to noon Saturday; up to 20 inches or so of snow is forecast, according to the National Weather Service.The weather service is calling for 4 to 7 inches of snow Thursday night in Aspen, with lows in the 20s, and another 4 to 8 inches on Friday with highs in the 30s and wind gusts of up to 25 mph in the afternoon. On Friday night, 2 to 4 inches of additional snow are expected, with lows of 25 to 35.Saturday’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with snow showers in the morning, then scattered rain and snow in the afternoon and accumulations of 1 to 3 inches above 8,000 feet, according to the weather service. Highs of 35 to 45 are forecast. Partly sunny skies are expected Sunday morning, with isolated rain and snow in the afternoon and highs of 45 to 55.The weekend forecast calls for rain and some snow showers in the lower Roaring Fork Valley, but no snow accumulation, according to the weather service.Saturday and Sunday bring the final day of skiing and boarding on Aspen Mountain. The weekend is the second in an extended season. The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and FIS lifts will be running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m both days, accessing as much terrain as conditions permit with the exception of The Dumps, Kristy’s and Hyrup’s, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. The ski patrol will monitor conditions and may close terrain if necessary.The partying will feature DJ Naka G at the Sundeck, atop Aspen Mountain, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and area band Slightly White playing at Ajax Tavern at the base, starting at 2:30 p.m.On Sunday, it’s Trenton Allan & The Good Timey Groove Gang from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sundeck and Slightly White returning at 2:30 p.m. at Ajax Tavern.Food and drink specials are planned at both spots, according to the Skico.Most ski areas in Colorado have already closed for the season, but Loveland, located on the Continental Divide, remains open until May 2. Seven inches of new snow fell there Wednesday night and Thursday. Arapahoe Basin picked up 5 inches.

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