High winds close Mesa County landfill

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Update 12:33 p.m.
The Grand Valley is already feeling the effects of a strong storm moving through the state.

Officials have closed the landfill due to high winds in the area, so the city's solid waste division won't be able to empty their trash trucks today, according to the City of Grand Junction.

For many residents, their normal Monday trash pick-up will be postponed until Tuesday.

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DENVER (AP) -- A strong spring storm is on the way to Colorado, bringing increasing winds and heavy snowfall Monday night into Tuesday.

The new snow with wind will increase the threat of avalanches across the state, but the greatest increase will be along eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristos and Front Range.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for both northwest and southeast Colorado. Up to 2 feet of snow is expected in the mountains with snow drifting even higher because of gusty winds.

Before the moisture moves in, wind gusts up of to 40 mph are expected to raise the fire danger in dry areas along western half of Interstate 70 and in southwestern Colorado, where the snowpack declined in March. Statewide, the snowpack is 70 percent of average.

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