Storm to bring snow to Colo. mountains, Denver

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(AP) — A winter storm was expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow to parts of Colorado's mountains as well as the first snow of the season for Denver.

The storm was expected to continue hitting the Front Range into Wednesday, and snow was already starting to fall in northern Colorado and near the Eisenhower Tunnel along Interstate 70 on Tuesday night.

U.S. 287 was closed from Ted's Place to Laramie, Wyo., on Tuesday night because of adverse conditions in Wyoming. Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne in Wyoming also was closed.

Denver could get between 6 and 10 inches of snow, with up to 15 inches falling in the foothills west of the city, National Weather Service forecaster Todd Dankers said.

Mountain areas east of the Continental Divide, including near the Eisenhower Tunnel, were forecast to get the most snow. Rocky Mountain National Park could get between 1 and 2 feet, Dankers said.

Many trees along the Front Range still have leaves, and the snow could cause limbs to break, triggering power outages. The state's largest utility, Xcel Energy, said it's bringing in crews from Grand Junction to help with repairs, and crews from Texas could also be called on to help.

Frontier Airlines said that because of the storm, it was relaxing rules for changing flights for travelers scheduled to pass through its Denver hub Wednesday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation planned to have between 70 and 80 pieces of snow removal equipment on Denver-area highways starting Tuesday night.

The storm follows record warm weather in Denver and Colorado Springs.

The temperature hit 80 degrees at Denver International Airport on Monday afternoon, breaking the previous record for the date of 79 degrees set in 1999.

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