Rockslide reported as snow storm moves across state
PAONIA ” A rockslide dumped an estimated 1,000 tons of rock, mud, and debris across Colorado 133, forcing its closure overnight, transportation officials said, as a spring snow storm moved across the state Monday.
No cars were damaged and no injuries were reported as the slide covered both lanes of the highway between Paonia and McClure Pass at the Paonia Reservoir Dam, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said.
The remoteness of the slide forced the closure as road crews headed to the site with equipment to remove boulders too large for earth movers on the scene, Stegman said.
Stegman said the mountainside was wet and had been the site of a slide five years ago.
The largest accumulations from the storm were 3 inches reported north of Black Hawk, said Kyle Fredin, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Boulder.
U.S. 285 near Kenosha Pass was closed as numerous accidents were reported in wet weather with as temperatures dipped in the 20s, the Colorado Transportation Department and weather service said.
Fog was expected to develop in parts of the Front Range Tuesday morning.
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