DENVER (AP) — Red Mountain Pass in southwestern Colorado is back open after getting over 2 feet of snow from the storm that started over the weekend.

The road between Ouray and Silverton closed Sunday night and re-opened Tuesday. The Durango Herald reports that road crews fired a World War II howitzer to trigger avalanches along the roadway to prevent natural slides.

The snow has moved out of Colorado but many schools are still closed in the Colorado Springs area and on the Eastern Plains.

All highways on the Plains have reopened, including Interstate 70.

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