Major snowstorm hammers lower valley |

Major snowstorm hammers lower valley

Staff Report
John Gardner Post Independent

GARFIELD COUNTY – Both the Roaring Fork Re-1 and Garfield Re-2 school districts canceled classes today, and some or all Garfield County government operations are closed, as a major snowstorm swept through the area.

Colorado Mountain College also canceled daytime and evening classes at its Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, Rifle and Carbondale sites, CMC spokesperson Debbie Crawford said. The Aspen Campus held its day classes, but all evening classes (after 4 p.m.) were canceled.

The storm brought blizzard conditions to the Four Corners area and dumped upwards of 2 feet of snow across much of the Western Slope.

According to Colorado State Patrol Captain Richard Duran, a chain law was lifted around mid-morning for Highway 13 on Rio Blanco Hill, but remained in effect for eastbound Interstate 70 over Vail Pass and Highway 133 over McClure Pass.

Duran also issued the following statement:

The Colorado State Patrol would like to urge motorists to use extreme caution if traveling on the Interstate 70 corridor, Highway 82, Highway 6, Highway 13, and Highways 133 and 131. Road conditions are very poor. If you must travel, turn on your head lights, slow down, and use caution.

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