Strong winter storm pounds Colorado mountains |

Strong winter storm pounds Colorado mountains

VAIL, Colorado ” Forecasters are warning of hazardous traveling in Colorado’s mountains because of winter storms and state transportation officials are recommending drivers pack winter survival kits.

A Pacific storm front could dump up to 14 inches in the north-central mountains by Friday afternoon. Driving will be dicey because strong winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, will cause drifting and blowing snow.

On Friday morning, Vail Mountain reported 5 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours, and Beaver Creek reported 6.

A powerful winter storm that moved into western Colorado on Christmas Day was expected to bring up to 3 feet of snow in parts of the western mountains.

Bad weather closed LaVeta Pass on U.S. 160 in south-central Colorado and McClure Pass in Pitkin County.

Just a dusting of snow was forecast for the Denver metro area

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