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From The Aspen Times:

Snowfall in Aspen and Snowmass has been scant since late December and locals have been crossing their fingers this week. The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 3 inches of new snow at Snowmass early Wednesday, while Aspen Highlands picked up 2 inches over the past 24 hours, according to the morning report. Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk both picked up an inch. Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs had 2.5 inches. Snowfall reports around the state varied widely, with resorts in the southwest enjoying the biggest dumps. Wolf Creek reported 10 inches over the past 24 hours on Wednesday morning, and Durango Mountain Resort had 13 inches. Silverton boasted 8 inches. Telluride reported 4 inches of new snow. Powderhorn in far western Colorado picked up 8.5 inches, but most resorts elsewhere around the state were reporting 1 to 3 inches, though Vail and Beaver Creek both reported 5 inches of new snow early Wednesday morning.

From the Cortez Journal:

“The storm has definitely favored southern Colorado and southeastern Utah,” said Norv Larson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Tuesday. Snowfall accumulated to 10.1 inches through Wednesday morning, according to Jim Andrus, local weather observer. The snow has brought much-needed moisture to the region. “Right now for the month of January we have .95 inches of water and normal is 1.01 inches,” Andrus said. “We are already sitting at 94 percent of normal.”[…]

Thus far, Cortez has seen 31.6 inches of winter snow with measurable snow on the ground for 45 straight days. “That’s the longest stretch of measurable snow I’ve ever had here,” Andrus said.

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