Colorado seeing first widespread wintry blast
October 4, 2013 1:52PM
Gurpreet Gill gathers her thoughts Thursday Oct. 2013, in Salina, Colo., while standing in the aftermath of a mudslide that trapped her and others. The flooding and mudslides destroyed nearly 1800 homes in Colorado. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, P) NO SALES
Updated: October 4, 2013 1:58PM
DENVER (AP) — Snow was falling across the northern half of Colorado on Friday, but it didn’t cause any major crop damage or disrupt repairs to roads damaged by flooding.
The state Department of Transportation reported wintry weather from Colorado Springs to Wyoming, and from Vail to Denver.
Agency spokeswoman Amy Ford said road repair crews were on the job Friday, despite the weather.
“The crews will be out their working through rain, sleet and snow, as long as they can do it safely,” Ford said.
The damage to state highways alone is about $430 million, officials said, with 200 miles of roads and 50 bridges destroyed. The flooding also caused eight confirmed deaths and damaged or destroyed nearly 1,800 homes.
Jim Kalina of the National Weather Service in Boulder said another 3 to 8 inches of snow was expected in the Colorado mountains, with up to a foot of snow in some area as the storm moves out.
Forecasters said the snow will be heaviest in the higher mountains north of Berthoud Pass.
Forecasters said winds over 60 mph are likely in the eastern plains as the storm exits the state during the day Friday. The Colorado Department of Agriculture said there have been no reports of major crop damage from the fall storm.