Winter storm tracks toward Aspen
December 12, 2008
ASPEN ” A potent Pacific storm heading for western Colorado is expected to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow in the mountains this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass, along with much of western Colorado, from noon on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday, reports the weather service’s Grand Junction office. In addition to heavy snow, wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph on Saturday night are likely to produce widespread blowing and drifting snow, and hazardous travel conditions.
In Aspen, snow is likely to begin falling Saturday afternoon, with 1 to 3 nches of accumulation and highs in the 30s. Another 8 to 14 inches is possible overnight on Saturday, with gusty winds and lows of 5 to 15, according to the weather service.
More snow is likely on Sunday ” the weather service is calling for 4 to 7 inches ” with highs of 15 to 25. Winds will diminish to 10 to 15 mph.
Frigid temperatures are forecast Sunday night, with lows of 5 below to 5 above. More snow is possible Monday, with highs of 10 to 20, according to the weather service.
In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, a chance of rain and snow is expected Saturday afternoon, changing to snow overnight with 3 to 5 inches of possible accumulation. Another 2 to 4 inches are possible on Sunday. Highs of 15 to 25 are forecast on both Saturday and Sunday. Lows wll dip to 5 to 15 by Sunday night, the weather service said.