One person dies on icy Colorado highways
One person died on Interstate 76 near Hudson Saturday as cold air kept temperatures in the teens and 20s and turned light snow falling on Colorado highways into ice.In southern Colorado, an avalanche forced the closure of U.S. 160 over Wolf Creek Pass, said Mike Murray, Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman. There were no immediate reports of injuries.The single car accident in northern Colorado happened about 5 a.m., with the person being ejected from the vehicle, said Master Trooper Ron Watkins of the Colorado State Patrol. Troopers were also responding to numerous accidents across the state, most of them minor from people sliding on icy roadways.While more than 2 feet of snow fell in some parts of the mountains Friday, the Front Range had only about 1.5 inches, with parts of Larimer County getting 3 inches of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin said.Weve had 30 inches in the last 24 (hours). Its money out there, said Trenton Naef, an employee at the Crested Butte ski area about 110 miles southwest of Denver said late Friday. He said people were waiting in line at the chairlifts.Frisco reported at least 14 inches and parts of Clear Creek County reported at least 18 inches.In northern Colorado, a 20 mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Wellington and Wyoming was temporarily closed Friday evening after several accidents in icy conditions. Blowing snow was reported closer to the Wyoming line.Its so icy you cant even stand on the highway, Watkins said, saying conditions Saturday similar.Those roads were snowpacked and icy, but were open early Saturday afternoon.Multiple accidents had shut down eastbound Interstate 70, the states main east-west highway, at Vail Pass for about four hours Friday.The storm brought fog mixed with a few snowflakes to Colorado Springs and the reduced visibility lead to the cancellation of 33 flights through Saturday morning at the citys airport, aviation manager Mark Earle said. He said only a handful of flights were able to take off during brief periods when the fog lifted.The Air Force Academys womens basketball team wasnt able to fly out to their game against Wisconsin but the school said the game has been moved to Sunday.The snow is welcome at ski resorts throughout the mountains because many delayed openings or opened limited runs with manufactured snow because of dry, warm weather.There was too much snow in Aspen. The World Cup womens downhill scheduled for Friday was postponed one day because skiers prefer fast, hard-packed snow to powder.The moisture responsible for the storm stretches nearly to Hawaii, said Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.Its widespread, Colton said. Its snowing through the central mountains.
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