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Nearly 4 feet of new snow iin a week at Aspen

February 5, 2014, 8:51 am

Another 9 inches of new snow blanketed Aspen Mountain this morning, bringing the total to nearly 4 feet in the last week. Snowmass has seen similar totals, with 8 new this morning and 40 in the last week.

powder skiing aspen

Things have been very powdery of late at Aspen (Aspen Skiing Company photo).

Still more snow is in the immediate and long-term forecast, but meteorologist Joel Gratz this morning reported that the snowfall totals this week are somewhat up in the air.

“The gist is that it’s going to snow for most areas from Thursday through Monday and cumulative totals could be significant,” Gratz wrote this morning. “When the heaviest snow will fall, and where, remains a mystery.”

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) had the back-country avalanche conditions rated as “Considerable (dangerous avalanche conditions)” across much of the state this morning, including the Aspen area.

“Persistent Slabs continue to pose a serious danger,” the CAIC reported. “Last week’s remarkable snowfall formed unusually thick slabs that, when triggered, can produce surprisingly dangerous avalanches. Triggering these slabs remains possible at all elevations.”

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