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Upper Roaring Fork Valley under winter storm warning until Thursday

A winter storm warning is in effect for Aspen, Snowmass Village and the Elk Mountains starting early Wednesday morning and lasting until Thursday as a strong Pacific storm system moves through the West, the National Weather Service said Tuesday afternoon.

The warning calls for snow accumulations above 7,500 feet of “8 to 16 inches with locally higher amounts expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.” The warning, which lasts until 9 a.m. Thursday, covers most of the northern and central Colorado mountains.

There also are high wind warnings in parts of western Colorado and a blizzard warning for eastern Colorado toward Kansas.

Warning map

Around the Roaring Fork Valley, winds were expected to pick up late Tuesday night, and the rain is expected to turn to snow Wednesday morning as the temperatures drop. The high Wednesday in Aspen is forecast for 38 degrees and Thursday 33 degrees. Wednesday and Thursday nights the lows are expected to drop into the teens.

According to the NWS outlook from the Grand Junction office, the unsettled pattern will last into the weekend.

“Expect snow in the mountains and high valleys with rain in the lower elevations. Significant snow accumulations (are) favoring the northern and central mountains,” the NWS predicts. “Unsettled weather continues through the weekend as a couple more weaker systems drop in from the northwest, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible from time to time.”

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