Storm dumps 22 inches at mid-mountain
October 27, 2010
From Kremmling and Grand Lake to Granby and Winter Park, Grand County had its first major snowstorm of the season Monday, Oct. 25.
While it has been snowing on and off in higher elevations for more than two weeks, this was the first storm of the fall to put snow on the ground in towns below 8,300 feet.
The storm dropped more than 8 inches new snow in some places in the Gore Range and Rabbit Ears Pass, and on Tuesday afternoon Winter Park Resort reported 18.5 inches in the past 24 hours and 22.5 inches total for this storm at mid-mountain.
Granby and lower elevations saw 3-4 inches of snow on the ground.
U.S. Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass was closed in both directions Tuesday morning as multiple weather-related accidents occurred on the east side of the pass. CDOT crews took advantage of the closure to complete avalanche control work.
Vail Pass also was shut down for a while in both directions Tuesday because of multiple accidents. Loveland Pass, Independence Pass and Trail Ridge Road were also closed due to weather.
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Only two ski resorts are open so far in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin, which opened Monday, reported 8 inches of new snow Tuesday. Loveland Ski Area, which opened Sunday, received 9 inches of new snow.
The next chance for snow is Saturday.