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Storm snarls roads, doesn't pack punch in Summit County

A storm that sent up winter weather warnings across the state and closed schools along the Front Range brought only a dusting of snow and road problems to Summit County Monday night.

A five-car accident in Clear Creek County closed Interstate 70 eastbound at the Eisenhower Tunnel Monday night for nearly two hours. Weather conditions also closed U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland pass.

But Summit County saw only a few inches at the higher elevations out of the storm, which the day before forecasts indicated could bring between 6 and 12 inches to the High Country by this morning.

"It's big, it's disorganized and it's slow," National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin said of the storm, saying it hit some parts of the state while missing others. "It's not real tight or wound up. ... What you see this time of year is banded precipitation that can go from flurries to brief and heavy."

The system plummeted temperatures and created-blizzard like conditions along the Front Range Tuesday, causing schools and businesses around metro Denver to close.

By noon on Tuesday it was nearly 15 degrees warmer at Copper Mountain than in Boulder, according to the NWS readings there.

Forecasters said they expect the snow to keep up both on the Front Range and in the High Country, but didn't hold out much hope for additional accumulations. Light snow is expected to continue today, and snow remains in the forecast throughout the rest of the week.

"Thursday will start dry, then a weak storm from the northwest will bring a few inches of snow Thursday midday through Friday morning, mostly for the northern half of the state," meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote on the weather blog OpenSnow.com Tuesday.

Summit County has a 30 percent chance of snow Thursday and Friday, according to NWS forecasts.

Temperatures are expected to stay mild through the week, possibly climbing into the low 40s again by Saturday.


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The Summit Daily Updated Apr 10, 2013 01:04AM Published Apr 10, 2013 01:01AM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.