Winter storm expected in Colorado mountains |

Winter storm expected in Colorado mountains

Aspen Times staff and wire reports
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Forecasters say a winter storm is bringing up to 16 inches of snow to the Colorado mountains and wind gusts up to 80 mph on the eastern slope and foothills of the Front Range.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of Colorado west of the Continental Divide until noon Sunday. Drifts of up to four feet are possible by Sunday morning. They warn winds gusting to 70 mph and low visibility could make driving hazardous in the mountains.

For the mountains surrounding Aspen, the weather service is calling for 8 to 16 inches of snow by late Sunday morning. Rain Saturday afternoon will turn to snow after 8 p.m., according to the forecast. A high near 26 is expected Sunday. Monday’s forecast for Aspen calls for a high near 35 and partly sunny skies.

The bloggers at are predicting 15 to 20 inches at local ski resorts and a foot of snow in town on Sunday morning. They’re calling for four to 7 inches farther down the valley.

A high wind warning has been issued for the eastern slope and foothills of the Front Range until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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