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Storm renders Aspen dead end again

Aspen Times Staff

The Mill Street Mall is quiet after Monday night's snowstorm. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

Colorado Department of Transportation officials closed Independence Pass on Tuesday after a snowstorm rolled into the mountains surrounding Aspen on Monday night.The pass will remain closed until weather and visibility are clear. Officials are not certain whether they’ll extend the closure for weather into the long-term seasonal closure, which makes the town of Aspen accessible only from the west.

For more information, visit http://www.cotrip.org. or call (877) 315-7623.The storm began dropping heavy snow in the Colorado mountains Tuesday, prompting weather warnings as it moved into the Front Range and eastern plains. It hampered east-west travel across Colorado after semi-trailers stuck in the snow forced the closure of Interstate 70 in both directions at Georgetown. Chain restrictions for big rigs went into effect.The northern and central mountains were expected to get the most snow, between 8 and 12 inches, and a winter storm warning was in effect there through this morning. A warning was also in place for the Front Range foothills.

Accumulations of between 4 to 8 inches were forecast for the central and southwest mountains.”It looks like just about every area is going to see some snow,” said Byron Louis, a program manager at the National Weather Service in Boulder.Grand Junction and low-lying areas on the Western Slope were not expected to see any snow, he said.

By early afternoon, Arapahoe Basin, which became the first ski resort in the nation to open last week, reported 3 inches of new snow. Loveland ski area, which is also now open, reported 7 inches.Light snow was also falling in the Denver area, the first of the season for the city. Last month, back-to-back snowstorms dumped up to three feet of snow in the mountains.The Associated Press contributed to this report.