Snow falls in Colorado mountains
June 20, 2011
DENVER – Winter weather returned to Colorado, just a day before summer officially begins.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina in Boulder says several inches of snow fell Sunday night in Colorado’s high country.
The Denver Post reported that snow closed Trail Ridge Road overnight in Rocky Mountain National Park. The road was reopened shortly after noon Monday and was crowded with riders on The bicycle tour of Colorado.
Park officials say some riders had to be treated for mild hypothermia.
Up to 5 inches of snow fell in some of the central-Colorado mountains. Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel west of Denver was wet and snowy at times.
Campers were being warned to be prepared for unseasonably cold conditions to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.
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In Aspen, a hint of snow was reportedly visible early Monday on Aspen Mountain, but the slopes were shrouded in clouds most of the day and by late Monday afternoon, when the clouds parted, no new snow was visible.