Laraine Martin zips up her coat while waiting for the bus in the snow at the Ninth Street stop on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. A storm brought the first signs of winter to the area Thursday.

Photo by John F. Russell

Laraine Martin zips up her coat while waiting for the bus in the snow at the Ninth Street stop on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. A storm brought the first signs of winter to the area Thursday.

Rabbit Ears Pass reopens after 1st snowfall of season

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— The first flakes of the season Thursday brought some chaos to Rabbit Ears Pass. An accident involving a tanker and a car closed the pass from about 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday while crews worked to clean up the accident.

Western Colorado is under a patchwork of advisories, including a freeze warning in the northwest and southwest corners and winter storm warnings or winter advisories in between.

Snow was falling Thursday in the central Colorado mountains and at the Copper Mountain ski area, which started making snow for the season Wednesday night. The Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas started their snow guns Thursday.

“We are starting a little bit later than previous years, but we are still optimistic that cold temperatures will allow our crew to be very productive and keep us on track for our typical October opening,” Loveland spokesman John Sellers said. Last year, Loveland opened for the season Oct. 24 with one run and an 18-inch base.

The National Weather Service is reporting a 70 percent chance of rain changing to snow Thursday night with a low of 28 degrees and said a foot of snow could fall in some areas above 9,000 feet. A high of 47 degrees is forecast Friday with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. That will increase to 30 percent Friday night with a low of about 30 degrees. A chance of snow also is forecast Saturday before temperatures increase into the mid-50s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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