Storm could bring up to 2 feet of snow to Vail, Aspen |

Storm could bring up to 2 feet of snow to Vail, Aspen

ASPEN ” Forecasters are expecting 1 to 2 feet of snow in Aspen, Crested Butte and Vail from a storm this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through 6 a.m. Monday for the northwest Colorado mountains and said 2 to 3 feet of snow could fall over the mountains of western Jackson and Grand counties by Monday morning.

Rain may mix with the snow for elevations below 8,000 feet, forecasters said.

Near Aspen, light snow was falling Saturday as search teams looked for six people who were headed to a mountain hut in whiteout conditions. Pitkin County sheriff’s officials said a man hiking to the hut with the group Friday got separated from them in blowing snow and was concerned they could be lost.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center listed the avalanche danger for the Aspen zone as considerable Saturday.

Among ski areas, Winter Park reported 11 new inches of snow Saturday, and Aspen Highlands and Copper Mountain reported 8.

Statewide snowpack was 112 percent of the average Saturday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Snowpack in mountain ranges provide much of the state’s water supply for the year.

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