National Weather Service calls for more snow tonight and tomorrow

Denver, CO – September 17, 2002…Snow could be seen on peaks state-wide at Aspen/Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Crested Butte and Vail as winter sneaks into the Colorado Rockies.

Snowmass and Aspen Highlands received three inches of snow. At Beaver Creek photos were taken at Patrol Headquarters at 11,440 feet where they received two inches overnight and covered several trails. The high peaks surrounding Crested Butte Mountain Resort were pasted early this morning by a thunder storm rolling across the Gunnison Basin. The snow was scattered and concentrated in the upper elevations. The West Elk Range also received snow, as well as Gothic Mountain, Red Lady and Paradise Divide.

According to NOAA, after months of developing in the tropical Pacific Ocean, El Niño is poised to influence fall and winter weather across the United States, NOAA’s top climate experts said today. The El Niño influence will be weaker than the very strong 1997-98 version, but will still impact temperature and precipitation patterns.