Heavy Snowfall In Mountains Forces Schools To Close Thursday

By Matt Kroschel

FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4) – Nearly a foot of heavy spring snow forced school leaders to cancel classes Thursday in Summit County, a rare event for the high mountain community.

The snow day quickly turned into a ski day for some students who took advantage of the fresh powder.

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Teachers joined some of their students on the slopes. Arapahoe Basin is still open.

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Many kept their fingers crossed for another snow day on Friday.

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A family enjoying the snow day in Summit County on Thursday (credit: Janie Merickel Hodge)

Along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor Colorado State Patrol troopers were busy responding to several crashes in the morning, and the interstate was closed from the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels to Silverthorne as a safety closure. The highway was reopened and then closed again later in the morning.

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Snow in Boulder on Thursday morning (credit: CBS)

Highway 6 over Loveland Pass was also closed due to adverse conditions and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area was forced to close the East Wall area due to the amount of snow as they mitigated for avalanche danger.

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At times, the snow was falling at a rate of more than an inch an hour Thursday morning.

Clear Creek School District RE1 also canceled classes and Boulder Valley mountain schools also closed on Thursday.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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