Arctic blast brings record low to Denver, snow to ski areas |

Arctic blast brings record low to Denver, snow to ski areas

DENVER ” A cold front brought record low temperatures to the Front Range Friday and left fresh powder on Colorado ski resorts.

The temperature hit minus-18 at Denver International Airport shortly before 5 a.m., a record for the date, the National Weather Service said. The old mark was minus-16 set in 1996.

About 15 miles of the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed early Friday in the mountains west of Denver after a semi-truck overturned and spilled fuel across the roadway. No injuries were reported, but major traffic delays were expected.

In Aurora, one person was killed when a GMC Jimmy plunged off an Interstate 225 overpass and landed on its top Thursday evening.

It was not immediately known if poor weather contributed to the accidents.

Elsewhere, slick road were reported across large sections of Colorado.

Rush hour traffic on some highways in Denver was brought to a virtual standstill Thursday and Denver International Airport reported some delays or scattered cancellations.

“I wouldn’t expect a significant impact from this storm,” airport spokesman Chuck Cannon said.

Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado Thursday night reported 19 inches of fresh snow over a 24 hour period, while Aspen got up to 8 inches, according to Colorado Ski Country USA’s Web site.

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