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Avalanche, Snow Warnings In Place In Parts Of Colorado

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Mobile 4 on the roads in Denver on Tuesday. (credit: CBS)

Mobile 4 on the roads in Denver on Tuesday. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Winter weather, hazardous driving and avalanche warnings are covering Colorado.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday up to two feet of snow is expected in the mountains over the next two days. Grand and Jackson counties are looking to get about 1 to 2 feet of snow in the next two days. Other areas are looking at 10 to 20 inches.

Several inches of snow along the Front Range and Eastern Plains are making driving hazardous Tuesday. The overnight snow brought 2-5 inches to the Front Range. There wasn’t much of an effect on schools. Only a few delays were reported.

Ski areas are rejoicing over the much-needed moisture. Already most resorts have seen 4 to 9 inches of snow. The big winners were Silverton with 26 inches, Steamboat with 24, Powderhorn with 18 and Monarch with 12.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says avalanche conditions could become very dangerous on the Western Slope.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Loveland Pass and Colorado Highway 65 near Grand Mesa because of heavy snow.

The La Plata Electric Association said heavy, wet snow that downed some power lines led to outages for hundreds of people in southwest Colorado over the weekend, but power was fully restored Monday afternoon.

Snow will start again Tuesday afternoon and stick around through Thursday for most of the northern and central mountains.

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