Winter storm, colder temps heading for Aspen
October 25, 2011
ASPEN – A winter storm is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in the mountains surrounding Aspen Tuesday night and usher in considerably colder temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency is predicting the highest accumulations on west-facing slopes above 9,000 feet and on mountain passes. Independence Pass, southeast of Aspen, remained open Tuesday afternoon, though rain began to fall shortly before 2:30 p.m. in town and temperatures dropped noticeably as a cold front advanced.
The weather service warned of hazardous driving conditions as roads become icy and snowpacked Tuesday night. Go to http://www.cotrip.org to check road conditions and find travel alerts.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high near 35 in Aspen, with 2 to 4 inches of possible snow accumulation. The low on Wednesday night will be around 9 degrees, according to the weather service.
Mostly sunny skies are expected to return Thursday, with a high near 41. Sunshine and slowly climbing temperatures are forecast through the weekend; by Monday, a high of 55 is expected, the weather service said.
The local ski season is scheduled to begin in a little more than four weeks – Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are slated to open Thanksgiving Day.