Wind leaves dust in parts of Colorado’s mountains

ASPEN — A thin layer of dust blown into Aspen this week also affected other parts of Colorado’s mountains.

The executive director of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Chris Landry, told The Aspen Times (http://bit.ly/1i4mx4v ) that the dust blown from the Southwest and the Colorado Plateau Sunday settled as far east as Loveland Pass, as far west as Grand Mesa and as far south as Red Mountain Pass.

While widespread, Landry said the dust wasn’t as thick as the layer left behind by windstorms last spring. However, he said it’s the fourth such event this season so there’s enough dust in the snowpack to influence snowmelt to some degree.

In Aspen, the dust also gave the sky an orange color before sunset. Skiers also reported dust on Aspen Mountain.


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