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Heavy snow closes second Colorado ski area

A photo from a Colorado Department of Transportation camera shows Monarch Pass as of 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016.

Monarch Mountain will not open on Tuesday, the Chaffee County ski area says, because of problems created by the more than a foot and a half of snow that has fallen there in the past 24 hours.

It marks the second day a Colorado mountain resort was forced to close because of the rare, potent storm dropping more than a foot of powder in the high country.

"The good news: it snowed all day and night yesterday (18″!)," Monarch said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. "The bad news: Monarch will not open today. Monarch Pass is has been closed all night for avalanche control, preventing Monarch Mountain maintenance, food service, and grooming crews from reaching the mountain."

Read more at denverpost.com.