Temperature drops below zero in much of Colorado, Vail included
DENVER, Colorado ” A wintry blast dropped temperatures below zero across much of Colorado Monday, including a record minus-19 in Denver. Temperatures hovered around 3 below zero in Vail, Colorado, this morning.
Some school districts in the Denver area report problems getting their busses started in the cold.
The temperature was still minus-13 during Denver’s morning commute. Ice and snow left over from a Sunday storm snarled traffic.
It was minus-14 in Leadville Monday morning, minus-6 in Colorado Springs, minus-8 in Sterling and 13 above in Grand Junction.
Another storm is headed for Colorado, and it could drop another foot or two of snow in parts of the mountains.
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Snow is forecast to start falling in the high country around noon on Monday. The state’s southwestern corner is expected to get the most.
Over a foot of snow fell in parts of the high country Saturday into Sunday as frigid air swept across the state.
Silverton Mountain reported 21 inches of new snow while Crested Butte’s resort got 18 inches and Aspen reported 15 inches.
The new snowfall has increased the risk of avalanches in parts of the high country.
At Vail Mountain, a skier was caught in a slide Sunday within the bounds of the resort, which picked up 14 inches of new snow. He was buried up to his waist on the Lover’s Leap trail but wasn’t injured, said Scott Toepfer of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
In Utah, a skier in her 20s died in a slide at Snowbird resort on Sunday.
The storm also brought up to 5 inches of snow to the Denver metro area.
The Colorado State Patrol is investigating whether a fatal accident Sunday afternoon in the Boulder County foothills was related to the weather. Karen Seibert, 60, of Lyons lost control of her Toyota RAV4, went off snowy U.S. 36 and landed in St. Vrain Creek. A passer-by jumped in and pulled her out of the water but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The National Weather Service also says the mountains and valleys could get even more snow from systems moving through the state Wednesday through Saturday.