How about another breath of winter… in April?
With a major spring storm heading for the Aspen area, the National Weather Service has upgraded the system ahead to a winter storm warning with more than a foot of snow above 9,000 feet in the forecast. and subzero wind chills.
The weather service has the warning in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until noon Wednesdayand it includes Aspen, Snowmass, and all the mountain communities of central Colorado from Wyoming to New Mexico.
“Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches. Locally higher amounts are possible above 9,000 feet. Winds blowing up to 65 mph,” according to the warning issued on Monday afternoon.
Those traveling on the road should expect whiteout conditions on the mountain passes.
“Icy and snowy roads are likely. Very strong winds could cause considerable damage to trees. Cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” the warning reads.
Road conditions can be checked on the Colorado Department of Transportation website, http://www.cotrip.org. Those traveling by air should check with their carriers and the Aspen Airport website, aspenairport.comfor updates.
Freezing temperatures will threaten early spring growth in the lower valleys Tuesday night and Wednesday night, the weather service says..