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Snow causes minor crashes, no injuries

Staff Report

The fast-moving snowstorm that blew through the Roaring Fork Valley on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning served as a reminder for drivers to put on snow tires.

Aspen police responded to three fender-benders in the morning hours, though none included injuries, said Sgt. Rob Fabrocini. Mostly, officers directed city sand trucks to problem areas, he said.

"It's the first major snow day," Fabrocini said. "The problem is a lot of people don't put their snow tires on until it snows."

Pitkin County sheriff's deputies were a bit busier in the early morning hours because conditions on Highway 82 varied greatly between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, said Deputy Jesse Steindler.

Glenwood Springs received 7 to 8 inches of wet snow, while Carbondale barely received a dusting, he said. Starting about 5 a.m., the road was wet between Carbondale and Aspen, though beyond Basalt and further upvalley conditions deteriorated to the point of a white-out around Aspen Village, Steindler said.

However, the storm moved on by about 7:30 a.m., and the temperature began to rise at that point, he said. Deputies responded to a rollover near the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and crashes at Smith Hill and at the intersection of Owl Creek Road and Highway 82, he said. None included injuries, he said.

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Fabrocini estimated the city received about 3 inches from the storm. The top of Aspen Mountain received 3.8 inches, according to the Aspen Ski Patrol's weather station.