Aspen reports 9 inches Tuesday; Snowmass boasts 17 |

Aspen reports 9 inches Tuesday; Snowmass boasts 17

Aspen Times

— Snowmass reported a bountiful 17 inches of new snow Tuesday morning, and Aspen Mountain picked up 9 inches from a snowstorm that blew through Monday night.

The local snowfall totals were among the more impressive across the state Tuesday morning, though Silverton Mountain in southwestern Colorado picked up 18.50 inches. Telluride reported 14 inches throughout the past 24 hours and 17 inches over the past 48.

Crested Butte reported 3 inches, Copper Mountain picked up 2 and Loveland was reporting 1 inch Tuesday morning. Vail was reporting 3 inches, and Beaver Creek picked up 5 inches. On the Front Range, Boulder got 9 inches of snow Monday and 5.6 inches fell in Denver, according to The Associated Press.

Sunlight Mountain Resort, near Glenwood Springs, forced to delay last Friday’s scheduled opening, announced Tuesday it has enough snow to open this week – on Friday. The top of the mountain has an 18-inch base, and the base area has 12 inches of snow, resort officials reported.

Winter storm warnings and weather advisories for the central and southern mountains of western Colorado extend until noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

In Aspen, the weather service is calling for another 1 to 3 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon, before partly sunny skies move in by today. Mostly cloudy skies are expected Thursday with a 30 percent chance of snow.

Monday’s storm left roads icy and snow-packed in the Colorado mountains and along the Front Range, but no major highways were closed, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Chain laws for commercial vehicles were in effect Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 at Vail Pass.

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