"Monster" snowstorms hitting parts of Colorado, several feet of snow by Christmas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A series of monster snowmakers will ensure a White Christmas for much of the state, with meteorologists predicting several feet of snowfall in the mountains by the holiday. And the storms are already making for treacherous holiday travel.

About 10 miles of Interstate 70 was shut down Tuesday after a collision between two trucks, including one carrying 40,000 pounds of an explosive gel. Fire officials say the gel is considered stable.

Silverton was cut off for a while Tuesday while mountain passes were closed for avalanche patrol. The Silverton Standard says the area has seen 22 inches of snow in 24 hours.

Denver and the Eastern half of the state, however, remain snow free.

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