Storm hammers Colorado plains, brings snow to mountain resorts
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Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER – A winter storm has prompted Colorado authorities to close eastbound Interstate 70 from Denver almost to the Kansas state line. Meanwhile, in Aspen, skiers and snowboarders awoke to reports of 5 to 7 inches of fresh snow on local slopes.
Both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass reported 7 inches of new snow early Monday. By late morning, after light snow continued to fall, Buttermilk was boasting 8 inches. The sun was shining as the noon hour approached.
At ski resorts elsewhere around Colorado, snow totals varied greatly. Powderhorn in the far western part of the state, reported 19 inches and Steamboat posted 27 inches in its morning report. Telluride reported 9 inches, while Vail, Winter Park and Crested Butte all had 4 inches. Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood springs reported 1 inch of new snow.
In eastern and northeastern Colorado, the National Weather Service said snow was falling at 1 to 2 inches an hour on Monday morning.
The storm was moving fast and snow of 2 to 5 inches were expected before it moves into Kansas. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected to limit visibility.
Eastbound I-70 is closed from Airpark Road outside Denver to Burlington, a distance of nearly 150 miles. Numerous accidents also closed eastbound I-70 near Rifle, in western Colorado.
U.S. 36 in northeastern Colorado is closed in both directions for 35 miles between Watkins and Last Chance.
Go to http://www.cotrip.org for updated road conditions around the state.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says avalanche danger is high in the northern San Juan Mountains, around Steamboat Springs and in the Flat Tops Mountains.
In the Aspen zone, the avalanche danger was rated considerable on most aspects Monday. “Triggered avalanches are likely on many slopes at all elevations. Natural avalanches are possible today, as well,” the CAIC said. “Some of these avalanches will be deep slabs failing in weak layers near the ground.”
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