More snow, cold head for Aspen
............................."Tell algore he's full of crap !"
Steve Ross, Aspen parks department construction manager, unloads a bucket of snow into a dump truck this week in front of the Wheeler Opera House. Snow has fallen every day since Sunday in Aspen, keeping streets crews busy.
A winter storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on local ski slopes over the past two days has moved out, but another system is headed for Aspen Friday night. So are plummeting temperatures and a brutal wind chill.
On the heels of the winter storm warning that expired Friday morning, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the northwest mountains of Colorado, including Aspen and Snowmass, starting Friday evening. It extends until Saturday evening.
The weather service is predicting 3 to 5 inches of new snow in Aspen on Friday night, with lows of 5 below to 5 above and wind-chill readings of 8 to 18 below.
Saturdays forecast calls for yet more snow 2 to 4 inches in town and highs of 5 to 15, with wind-chill readings of 8 to 18 below. The weather service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of additional snow Saturday night, with lows of 5 to 15 below and wind-chill readings of 22 to 32 below.
The cold snap continues Sunday, when the weather service is calling for a 40 percent chance of snow, highs of 10 to 20 and wind-chill readings of 21 to 31 below in the morning.
The extended forecast calls for more snow Monday, along with continued frigid temperatures until Thursday Christmas Day when the weather service is calling for partly sunny skies and highs of 25 to 35.
Skiers and riders at Aspen and Snowmass on Friday morning found another layer of fresh powder on the slopes. Aspen Highlands reported 8 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours (and 12 inches over the past 48 hours). Snowmass picked up 7 inches over the past 24 hours, Aspen Mountain reported 5 inches and Buttermilk had 3 inches.
Sunlight Mountain Resort outside Glenwood Springs reported 7 inches of new snow on Friday morning.
Elsewhere around the state, morning snow reports for the preceding 24 hours included 7 inches at Vail, 12 inches at Telluride, 4 inches at Steamboat, 6 inches at Powderhorn, 24 inches at Silverton, 9 inches at Crested Butte, 6 inches at Beaver Creek and 4.50 inches at Copper Mountain.