DENVER (AP) – A spring storm brought snow, hail, power outages, tornado warnings and flooded roads to Colorado over the weekend, as well as frost warnings for Monday morning.
Major flood warnings were issued Sunday for the South Platte River in parts of Weld, Morgan, Washington and Logan counties. Forecasters urged people to be prepared to evacuate, but no evacuations were ordered.
In northeastern Colorado, an ambulance transferring a patient was swept off a Morgan County road by swift-moving ‘water about 5 a.m. Sunday.
The ambulance was moved about 100 yards down the normally-dry Antelope Creek, turned 180-degrees and became caught on the stream bank just long enough for five people including the crew and patient to get out of the rear of the ambulance without injury, Firefighter Travis Bailey of the Wiggins Rural Fire Protection District said.
The ambulance, however, didn’t make it. “It’s now sitting in about six feet of water. It’s marooned. You can only see the top of it,” he said.
Most of the rain and snow has moved out of the state, with a few snowstorms and flurries continuing in the mountains, and frost warnings are out for Monday morning along the Front Range and eastern Colorado, National Weather Service meteorologist Kari Bowen said on Sunday.
Saturday was hectic, she said. “We had a lot going on,” Bowen said Sunday.
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Nearly 18 inches of snow fell in southern Colorado on Saturday. Two tornados were spotted, one south of Ellicott east of Colorado Springs and another in Lincoln County in northeast Colorado, and golf-ball-size hail fell east of Pueblo.
A number of power outages were reported Sunday from Woodland Park, Black Forest, and Falcon, along with numerous small outages in the Denver metro area.
In northeastern Colorado, several roads and highways, including westbound Interstate 76 and Colorado Highways 52, and Colorado Highway 194 in southeastern Colorado, were closed by flooding on Sunday. The interstate highway was later cleared and reopened.
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