Snow storm brings more snow, accidents
A snowstorm Sunday wreaked havoc for motorists around the state, causing a slew of crashes on icy, wet roads and bringing cars to a standstill on major highways.
For skiers in the High Country, however, it was a welcome relief to melt-off conditions that had baked area mountains the previous week. By this morning, Copper Mountain had reported 4 inches, Breckenridge reported 3 inches, Keystone reported 4 inches and Arapahoe Basin reported 4 inches. All reports were as of 5 a.m., and as of 8:30 a.m., snow was continuing to blanket area peaks.
Lisa Lane of the Colorado Department of Transportation said several weather-caused accidents on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock in the afternoon brought northbound traffic to a halt.
On Interstate 70, end-of-weekend traffic moving eastbound near the Eisenhower Tunnel was slower than normal, Lane said.
Alex Hil, 24, said driving was difficult during the day.
“It was like a blizzard,” said Hil, a worker at the Phillips 66 in Vail. “People said it was difficult to drive.”
But by the night, he said the weather had clear, leaving behind icy spots on the road.
In the afternoon, westbound lanes of the interstate were closed near Glenwood Canyon for about two hours while authorities cleared a multi-car accident involving a semi-truck that jackknifed, Lane said. It was not immediately clear if the crash was caused by the weather.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Eric Wynn said officers were out working multiple traffic accidents around the state. No fatalities were reported, he said.
“We’ve been busy on all areas responding to traffic accidents,” Wynn said. “It’s been mostly property damage and minor injuries.”
John Kyle, Data Acquisition Progam Manager at the service’s Grand Junction Office, said parts of the central mountains, including the San Juans, have received 2 1/2 feet of fresh powder in the past two days.
That region has gotten more than 80 inches in the last four to five days, he said, which has helped improve the San Miguel-Dolores-Animas-San Juan Basin snowpack from 46 percent a week ago to 58 percent.
But in other areas, like north of Steamboat Springs, the service reported trace amounts of precipitation, Kyle said.
The weather service said the state would get a break from the weather in the beginning of the week. Another storm could roll in as early as Wednesday and may continue into the weekend.
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