Aspen received a nice shot of new snow over the weekend, with 7 inches in the last two days and more than a foot in the last week. Forecasters says that trend of fresh snow will continue this week.
A northern storm is expected to clip Colorado Tuesday night and deposit between 2 and 4 inches in the Aspen area. Then a stronger storm moves in Thursday night into Friday, with 4 to 8 inches the forecast.
“Wednesday and Thursday should be dry, then a stronger storm will bring 4-8+ inches of snow from late Thursday night through Friday night,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Monday. “Wednesday morning and Friday during the day will be the best powder days this week.”
Backcountry skiers should be very cautious this week, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), which rated the avalanche danger in the Aspen area “considerable” this morning.
“The avalanche danger is elevated and a Special Avalanche Advisory remains in effect through Sunday,” the CAIC advised this morning. “Human-triggered slides are likely. Natural slides are possible in specific areas where wind loading is greatest.”