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Storm brings snow, strong winds to ColoradoDENVER (AP) – A winter storm moved into Colorado Sunday and was expected to bring up to 20 inches of snow to parts of the north and central mountains and winds gusting up to 70 mph.A cold front was also expected to move across the eastern half of the state this evening, dropping temperatures by about 20 degrees.Heavy snow was falling on Vail Pass late Sunday and snow and icy conditions were also reported at the Eisenhower Tunnel and on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs.A high wind advisory was in effect for Raton Pass on Interstate 25 near the New Mexico line.In Frisco, residents were still dealing with trees downed in a storm that brought snow and high winds on Saturday. About 6,000 people in Frisco and Silverthorne lost power but service was later restored, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Margarita Alarcon said.The snow comes as more ski resorts are getting ready to open this week, starting with Winter Park on Wednesday. Vail, Eldora and Crested Butte plan to open for the season this weekend.Two Colorado groups to donate winter coatsDENVER (AP) – Thousands of coats along with winter clothes, tents and sleeping bags Coloradans have donated are headed to the victims of last month’s earthquake in Pakistan that killed an estimated 74,000 people.The donations are being collected by Golden-based American Alpine Club and Lakewood-based National Ski Areas Association, which are working with famed Pakistani mountaineer Nazir Sabir to coordinate the effort across the globe.Pakistan International Air is going to ship the gear overseas for free, but getting the goods across the ocean is the easy part.Much of the goods will have to be hauled by pack animals into remote villages where millions are left homeless, including about 200,000 villagers who live in the mountains, where temperatures will drop below zero in the next few weeks.”The main areas would be some small villages above Balakot and some in [the] Mansehra area, where not even helicopters have been dropping, and the only means would be donkeys,” Sabir wrote in an e-mail to Phil Powers, executive director of the American Alpine Club.Colorado ski resorts, which have collected coats, including discarded resort uniforms, for Eastern Europe the last four years, are shifting their efforts to help with earthquake relief.”We have access to a lot of resources already, so it was just a matter of changing the destination,” said Cheryl Jensen, who is the wife of Vail resort chief operating officer Bill Jensen and is involved with the ski areas association.Powers, who has climbed K2, the world’s second-highest peak on the border between Pakistan and India, said many Colorado climbers feel a special connection to the mountains of Pakistan.”The outpouring of support has been heartwarming,” he said.

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