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Winter storm watch predicts 10-20 inches of snow

Staff report

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Aspen area, with 10 to 20 inches of snow predicted by Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Aspen area lasting until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

A Pacific storm was expected to move through the Great Basin and then the Four Corners region today. The heaviest snowfall was expected in the mountains of central and southwest Colorado and southeast Utah, according to the message issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday.

The winter storm watch for Aspen and Snowmass predicted increasing snow early this morning becoming heavy at times during the day. Ten to 20 inches of snow are possible by Tuesday morning, with the highest amounts mainly on north-facing slopes above 10,000 feet.

The snow level was expected to be at mountain bases by sunrise today. Southwest winds were predicted at 15 to 30 miles per hour, shifting to northwest winds today and diminishing tonight.

AspenWeather.net's forecast discussion issued Sunday morning called for 4 to 6 inches of snow in town by Tuesday morning and 5 to 8 inches on the mountain.

Powder-forecasting site OpenSnow.com predicted 3 to 6 inches of snow by Tuesday morning for the central mountains, but if a narrow storm band moving across the state stays together, some lucky areas could see 6 inches of new snow on the low end.

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"Total accumulations from the snow band on Monday and the favorable wind on Monday night could easily result in 10+ inch totals in the central and northern mountains," according to meteorologist Joel Gratz's forecast on OpenSnow.com.