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Early winter snow hits Rocky Mountains in U.S.

22 Sep 2021, 08:05 GMT+10

DENVER, the United States, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Trail Ridge Road, the high-elevation highway that goes through Rocky Mountain National Park in U.S. state Colorado, was closed and reopened Monday after more than 2 feet (about 61 centimeters) of snow had covered portions of the roadway.

The iconic highway, that first opened in 1921 and winds 48 miles (77.8 kilometers) across the Continental Divide, was closed for several hours Monday with officials posting on Facebook, "the snow is heavy and wet making for slushy roads."

"One minute it's fall and the next it's winter," the post said.

On Sunday night, a cold-weather front moved from Wyoming into Colorado bringing an early taste of winter to many locations in the high mountains, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

Temperatures remained cold throughout the Rockies, with 26 degrees fahrenheit (-3.3 degree celsius) reported Tuesday morning in Marble, a town of 141 people at 7,950 feet (2,423.2 meters) in Colorado, according to weather watchers.

The early-season dusting covered a vast region of several hundred miles in two U.S. states, from Steamboat Resort in Colorado's west that "received 3 to 4 inches," according to meteorologist Joe Gratz of OpenSnow, to the outskirts of Boulder, almost 350 kilometers to the east, and north into neighboring Wyoming, the NWS said.

The snowfall was a welcome sight for a number of ski areas that plan to open in the next month or two, with Loveland ski area planning to make snow and turn on the snow guns in about 10 days, KDVR-News reported.

"The calendar says summer, but the mountain thinks otherwise." Arapahoe Basin's ski resort tweeted Monday, with a picture of its ski runs covered in snow.

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