Rocky Mountain storm drops heavy snow

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - A slow-moving storm has dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, with up to 3 feet expected in some areas by Saturday night.

The wet, heavy snow closed parts of two interstate highways, canceled flights and injured a snowplow operator in southwest Colorado. The snowy mess also detoured a prisoner convoy headed to Wyoming.

A 30-mile stretch of Interstate 25 was closed today between Wellington, Colo. and Cheyenne, but was reopened by midday.

Denver and Colorado Springs are expecting 10 to 20 inches of snow by tomorrow night. Forecasters are calling for more than two feet of snow in mountain towns higher than 6,000 feet.

United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Denver International Airport, has canceled 76 flights.

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