The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through the end of the week for most of Western Colorado.
The watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon. According to a Pitkin Alert sent out Tuesday afternoon, 10 to 20 inches of snow is expected, with a possibility of accumulation of over two feet. Wind gusts as high as 50 miles an hour are also possible above the treeline. The storm will blow in warm from the southwest, with a forecast high in Aspen on Thursday of 41, according to the National Weather Service.
The snow and high winds may also significantly reduce visibility and make travel very difficult. The city of Aspen and town of Snowmass Village will likely be heavily affected by this storm.
“Gusty winds and the heavy, wet nature of the snowfall could bring down tree branches and power lines under the right conditions,” the watch warns.