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Spring storm, accidents close westbound I-70 west of Denver

Drivers along Interstate 76 near Keenesburg, Colo face wet spring snow and limited visibility Thursday, April 10, 2008 and where a spring snowstorm is predicted to bring 6 - 10 inches of snow to the northeast Colorado plains. (AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin)
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DENVER, Colorado ” A heavy spring snowstorm is expected to dump up to 11 inches of snow in the Colorado mountains by Thursday night.

Authorities have closed westbound Interstate 70 on Floyd Hill just west of Denver because of a rash of minor accidents blamed on the weather.

State Patrol Master Trooper Ron Watkins describes them accidents as fender-benders or vehicles sliding off the roadway. Watkins says he’s not sure how many vehicles are involved but no injuries have been reported.

Watkins says up to 40 cars have been involved in minor accidents on U.S. 36 near Lyons, 30 miles northwest of Denver. No injuries have been reported there.

The storm prompted authorities to require chains on commercial vehicles on more than a half-dozen mountain passes.

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