Portions of Interstate 70 through Colorado's mountains were shut down Friday because of heavy snow and avalanche control work as a winter storm hit the Rockies.

A stretch of I-70 from the Denver area to the Eisenhower Tunnel was closed, cutting off access to the mountains. Despite all the fresh powder, Loveland Ski Area closed for the day because strong winds.

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Colorado is starting off 2020 with plenty of snow in the mountains.

Mountain snow moisture statewide is 122% of the usual amount for this time of year, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western Montana. Those levels are also scattered across Wyoming and parts of northern Utah.

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The second snowstorm to hit Colorado in as many days has shut down a stretch of Interstate 70 and prompted early closures of schools and state offices in the Denver area.

A 70-mile stretch of Interstate 70 from east of Denver International Airport to Limon was closed in both directions Tuesday.

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Updated at 1:45 p.m.

Interstate 70 in western Colorado has partially reopened after a rock slide.

Eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of I-70 were open to vehicles Tuesday afternoon in Glenwood Canyon. CDOT warns that drivers should expect periodic lengthy delays as work to clean up debris and prevent new slides continues.

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Officials are warning drivers traveling through a broad swath of central Colorado and Wyoming to be prepared for snow and ice as a late spring storm passes through.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather warnings Monday from central Wyoming south through Colorado to the New Mexico line.

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Officials say the road to a mountain scenic area near Aspen will likely open later than usually following a winter of heavy snow and avalanches.

The Aspen Times reported Thursday that Pitkin County public works officials expect that the road to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area will not be open by the May 15 target date.

Colorado Declares Emergency Amid Massive Storm; State Trooper Dies In Accident

Mar 13, 2019
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Updated at 5:10 p.m.

A Colorado state patrol officer who was hit by a car during a winter storm while responding to an accident has died.

The Colorado State Patrol says Corporal Daniel Groves was outside his patrol car along Interstate 76 northeast of Denver on Wednesday when a driver lost control and hit him.

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Multiple road closures have crippled Colorado's interstate system, with blizzard conditions shutting down large sections of I-25, I-76 and US-287 as a major winter storm officially called a "bomb cyclone" sweeps through Colorado. Wind gusts of 80 mph have been reported at Denver International Airport.

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Expect dangerous driving conditions for much of Wednesday throughout northern Colorado and the eastern plains. Blizzard warnings are in effect with forecasted wind gusts of up to 75 mph and snowfall up to 12 inches.

The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to begin in Wyoming early Wednesday and become more intense throughout the day as it spreads into Colorado.