Midvalley gets a taste of winter | AspenTimes.com

Midvalley gets a taste of winter

Midvalley commuters had to deal with something seldom seen recently on Tuesday – winter driving conditions.

Snow blanketed the midvalley starting at about 12:30 p.m. and continuing until about 5 p.m. Conditions approached a whiteout at times in the Emma area, and Highway 82 was snow-packed and icy from Snowmass Canyon to the Carbondale area.

A Missouri Heights resident said he had 8 inches of snow and it was still falling at about 3:30 p.m. El Jebel and Basalt received about 3 inches from the fast-moving storm.

Deputies from Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties and officers from Basalt responded to a fender bender on Highway 82 about every 30 minutes throughout the afternoon.

A truck rolled off the highway between Blue Lake and Dakota at about 2:30 p.m. An Eagle County deputy reported he was caught in a five-vehicle fender bender further downvalley in the midafternoon.

An accident in Emma stopped one lane of downvalley commuters for a short time at about 5 p.m.

All the accidents were minor and no injuries were reported as of 6 p.m., according to dispatchers.

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