DENVER (CBS4/AP) — A storm that brought up to four inches of snow to Colorado’s High Country and light rain to the Front Range is moving out.
The National Weather Service said snow fell Monday at the Eisenhower Tunnel, Leadville and other places along the Continental Divide. Rain caused minor problems in areas on the Front Range ravaged by floods over the past week and a half, but there were no reports of major flooding.
It’s time to rejoice for two of Colorado’s more competitive mountains as the race to open the ski season started Sunday night.
“This is a legitimate snowstorm today,” Adrienne Saia Isaac with Arapahoe Basin Ski Area said. “Any little bit of help we get from Mother Nature puts us ahead of the game, which is exciting. I think our friends at Loveland got some snow too.”
“It certainly is more than a dusting. We got accumulation at the base area. It certainly is unusual for this time of the year but we are optimistic that it’s a good sign of things to come for this season,” John Sellers with Loveland Ski Area said. “We were expected moisture and some cold temperatures but I didn’t think we’d see quite this much accumulation at the base area.”
Neither mountain has started making snow yet, but that could be coming later in the week. Ski resorts around Colorado hoped to get images of the snow in the mountains televised on Monday night’s Broncos game for the whole nation to see.
“I think when people start seeing snow in the mountains in Colorado, whether they’re coming to Loveland, or going to anywhere else, people start booking trips and making phone calls. This is going to be great for the state,” Sellers said.
Loveland and A-Basin most likely will open sometime in mid-October.
Several highways including Interstate 70 near Vail were closed briefly by traffic accidents.
On Sunday a storm closed streets and highways around Durango and La Plata County, and in Byers, the Riot Fest outdoor music festival was evacuated because of severe weather.
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