Colorado seeing first widespread wintry blast

DENVER — Snow was falling across the top half of Colorado on Friday, but so far, it has not caused any major problems.

Joe Tucker, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said wintry weather has been reported from Colorado Springs to Wyoming, and from Vail to Denver.

“The forecast says this will continue throughout the day, but it’s mainly wet, with a few icy roads in the mountains,” Tucker said today.

He said there were some minor traffic accidents because of wet roads, but no major highways have been closed.

In Wyoming, Casper College was closed today because of bad weather.

Jim Kalina of the National Weather Service in Boulder said another 3 to 8 inches of snow is expected in the Colorado mountains, with up to a foot of snow in some area as the storm moves out on today. Up to a foot of snow is also expected west of Denver.

Forecasters said the snow will be heaviest in the higher mountains north of Berthoud Pass. The Denver metro area is reporting rain turning to snow.

“This isn’t unusual for Colorado this time of year,” Kalina said.

On Sept. 23, a storm brought up to 4 inches of snow to Colorado’s High Country, including Loveland Pass, Leadville and other mountain areas, closing Interstate 70 near Vail because of traffic accidents.

Winds over 60 mph are likely over the eastern plains as the storm exits the state during the day today.



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