Front Range blasted by early snowstorm
October 10, 2009
DENVER – A treacherous mix of rain and ice snarled traffic and made for a miserable fall weekend across the Rocky Mountain region.
About 2 inches of snow in the Denver areas was blamed for hundreds of minor car accidents, plus a more serious pileup on Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs. The frigid weather caused a postponement of Saturday night’s playoff game between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies.
National Weather Service meteorologists said record low temperatures were set in many Colorado towns Saturday. The temperature at Denver International Airport was 17 degrees on Saturday morning, 8 degrees below the record low of 25 degrees set in 1905.
The treacherous driving conditions led police in several towns to issue accident alerts, meaning drivers were asked to pull aside and report the accidents to police later.
The snow was expected to subside Saturday afternoon, with temperatures bouncing into the low 50s in Denver by Sunday.
In Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, mostly sunny skies dominated a windy day on Saturday.