Wintry storm hits Colorado; deep snow expected in mountains |

Wintry storm hits Colorado; deep snow expected in mountains

DENVER (AP) — Cold and snowy weather has blasted into Colorado, potentially bogging down mountain travel during the busy holiday ski weekend.

The National Weather Service said Friday the storm could bring up to 16 inches (40 centimeters) of snow to the central and northern Colorado mountains.

Wind gusts could reach 60 mph (95 kilometers per hour), causing snowdrifts on mountain passes.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is warning that travel could be treacherous on Interstate 70 through the mountains, the main thoroughfare to some of the state’s biggest ski resorts.

U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass was closed.

Rocky Mountain National Park shut down Bear Lake Road Friday afternoon because of heavy snow and poor visibility.

The Weather Service issued a winter storm warning running from 6 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Sunday.

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