Snow blankets Colorado as storm pounds the state |

Snow blankets Colorado as storm pounds the state

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

The second storm to pound Colorado in a week dumped more than 2 feet of snow in some parts of the mountains on Friday and a rain-and-snow mix on lower elevations and the eastern plains.

“We’ve had 30 inches in the last 24 (hours). It’s money out there,” said Trenton Naef, an employee at the Crested Butte ski area about 110 miles southwest of Denver. “It’s supposed to be dumping all day.”

Naef said people were waiting in line at the chairlifts first thing Friday morning.

Frisco reported 14 inches and parts of Clear Creek County reported 18 inches.

The snow is welcome at ski resorts throughout the mountains because many delayed openings or opened limited runs with manufactured snow because of dry, warm weather.

There was too much snow in Aspen. The World Cup women’s downhill scheduled for Friday was postponed one day because skiers prefer fast, hard-packed snow to powder.

The moisture responsible for the storm stretches nearly to Hawaii, said Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“It’s widespread,” Colton said. “It’s snowing through the central mountains.”

Colton said snowfall would be heaviest Friday but would pick up again Saturday after letting up overnight.

Rain turning to snow was expected to dump up to 10 inches around Rangely and Craig. The Gunnison Valley farther south could get up to 15 inches, the weather service said.

Up to 9 inches had fallen in mountain valleys, while most cities along the Front Range and some spots on the eastern plains had reported about an inch or less.

Dense fog and ice made driving tricky in northeastern Colorado Friday afternoon. Visibility was only a half mile in some spots.

Rain and snow are expected through Tuesday across the mountains.

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