Wintry blast hits Colorado

DENVER — Icy temperatures are sending people to warming shelters as an icy blast continues to sweep across Colorado.

National Weather Service forecaster Scott Entrekin said Wednesday snowfall is lighter than expected, but some temperatures along the Front Range and Colorado mountains are below zero or double digits below zero.

Pet owners are warned that even garages could be too frigid for animals and people could face fines for leaving pets outside.

Meteorologists say cold air will stay in place through the weekend, with lows dropping well below zero in the Denver area.

Up to 11 inches of snow has been reported in the mountains, 7 inches along the Front Range and 2 inches on the Eastern Plains.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says Loveland Pass is closed because of bad weather.



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